Oprah and Tennie McCarty — “maverick” eating disorder therapist and star of the Oprah Winfrey Network’s new show “Addicted to Food” sure think so.
I have more complex opinions about this than can be whittled down to a 500 word blog post, but Tennie and I had a pretty interesting conversation, which you can check out over here. (You can get more of the science behind our understanding of food cravings and addictions in my story, “Must. Have. Chocolate,” in the current issue of Fitness.)
And then, tell me what you think: Does addiction rhetoric about food help ED sufferers? Or does it just fuel negative stereotypes about them being sneaky and food-obsessed? (No, I am not saying all addicts are sneaky and obsessed, just that the word “addict” is well, super loaded in our culture.) Does a 12-step program apply when the source of your “addiction” is something you have to interact with every day?
I know a lot of you have way more expertise in this arena than me, so please, educate away! Over there and here.