Addiction and nutrition feel logically like they’re very different topics. But, for a perspective that might help people understand each of them a bit better individually, it’s extremely interesting to see where they intersect.
For example, you can look into genetics, treatment options, the idea of body shaming, psychological implications of behaviors, and professional vs. fad advice, and you’ll find that nutrition and addiction have a lot in common when it comes to unraveling behaviors and consequences. Consider each one of those and see how they relate to people that you know, or situations that you’ve been in.
The Genetic Question
The question of genetics is a huge specter in the world currently. Are you born to be an addict? Are your born to be fat, or unhealthy, or diseased? Are the genetic conditions associated with addiction parallel in any way to the genetic questions of over- or under-eating? There are a tremendous number of similar questions that have still not been answered within those frameworks, so it’s fascinating that more research hasn’t been done to see if they’re potentially connected in the long-term.
Addiction Treatment Options
And if you’re an addict, or a habitual over-eater, or a person who’s reached the point where starving yourself is the norm, what are the treatment options? You’ll quickly discover that the methods of treatment are quite similar in terms of habituation, and in fact, you’ll find that many people who have food addictions are much more likely to have drug addiction somewhere in their timeline as well. Just that fact alone points to all sorts of synchronicity in the potential realms of how people’s brains work.
And there’s the physical appearance side of both nutrition and drug abuse cases as well. People over- or under-eat because they’ve been body shamed somewhere along the way. And drug addicts often turn to drugs because of depression associated with not believing that they’re good enough, or sometimes specifically that they aren’t pretty enough or handsome enough. The connections are there for people who want to see them.
And what types of disordered or ill minds are the ones that are most likely to turn to drug or food addictions to fulfill their needs? The same types, it seems, as the chemical imbalances that occur in children and adults will mirror situations in their environments that cause the behaviors to begin in the first place.
Professional Vs. Fad Advice
And the advice that comes along with beating drug addiction or food issues is generally split into two categories as well – professional advice from scientists and experts, and then the random influx of information from unsourced (if well-intentioned) people in the virtual world.