I agree whole heartedly with you MelbGirl.
Food is definitely an addiction for me. It has been ever since I was a child. I was a comfort eater from the time I was about 8! And not just a comfort eater, but an OVER eater... and it was the beginning of a life-long battle with my own impulses and the consequences of them (yo-yo'ing with my weight since I was a kid).
The rational part of my mind knows that it's INSANE that I'm willing to trade regular binges on chocolate and potato chips and fattening foods for a healthy body and self-image. I know what I'm eating (and the amounts in which I 'm eating it) is unhealthy. I know that it is the cause of my regular weight gains and then consequent panic weight loss. I know that I feel so much more confident when I'm eating well and maintaining a good weight. Yet I do it to myself over and over again.
My most recent resolve to get my eating and weight under control is more of a mental decision than a panicked decision to drop a few kgs (which is usually what happens). I need to really wrestle with my mind and come out on top... and once and for all not only REALISE that compulsive and unhealthy eating habits are bad for me and undermine how I feel about and see myself... but I have to CHANGE IT.
I'm not willing to trade my happiness for food any more. Indulging in a block of chocolate or bag of lollies doesn't actually "comfort" me... it's just a habit. Food for me causes discomfort. After I've eaten some of the things I generally go for when I feel like a "fix", I usually feel bloated, overly full and increasingly uncomfortable in my clothes and my skin. For me it's DIScomfort food
I intend to learn to eat according to what will #1 be good for my health #2 make me FEEL good and healthy and #3 what I ACTUALLY feel like having for a treat or because my taste buds want it... rather than just eating for the sake of doing it and continuing to eat and eat long after my appetite and my taste buds are satisfied