Are Stereotypical Misconceptions Commonly Associated With Food Addictions?

1230 Words Dec 2nd, 2016 5 Pages
There are stereotypical misconceptions commonly associated with food addictions. An individual’s first thought when hearing, “they have a food addiction,” is often, “they are obese, they are lazy, and they are incapable of making lifestyle changes.” People ignore the fact that there are other contributing factors that can cause food addictions. The most addicting foods, or “the holy trinity” (Moss, as cited in Crowe, 2014), are those high in salt, fat, and sugar; generally, they are the unhealthiest and cheapest foods in the grocery store. But individuals are not trying to obtain the unhealthiest meals. The unhealthiest meals just so happen to commonly be the most cost efficient; calories are the unfortunate consequence. Poverty and low incomes are perpetual national and international problems. Decreased income correlates to the need for cheaper goods; therefore, fruits, vegetables, and protein become off limits due to their prices. Producers have found a way to manipulate their goods for their own financial benefit. So, it is not always at the fault of the consumer; the producers also play a significant part in initiating food addictions. The compulsion to eat everything deliciously tasting is a problem troubling millions of people around the world- it could be worse. There is also the possibility of being diagnosed with a food addiction. People lacking the sensation of being full, also known as their “sensory specific satiety” (Crowe, 2014), may be classified as over…

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