Google Plus Email List

Raw NewsOn-Time TrafficLost & Found PetsDog of the DayNews LinksCommunity CalendarPhoto Galleries
WRGT-TV FOX 45 News :: News - Good Morning - Do You Have Food Addiction?

Do You Have Food Addiction?

Dr. Stephen Liptak, from Upper Valley Outpatient Behavioral Health, discussed with us how does someone know they are addicted to food, and the withdrawal from food addiction.

Signs of Food Addiction:
First of all, how are we defining addiction?  There are two types, physical and psychological addiction.
The research on physical food addiction is in its infancy.  However, the psychological effects of food addiction are well documented. 
Psychological, or “emotional” dependence on food is similar to that found in other psychological addictions; such as drugs that produce a “high”, gambling, videogames, and pornography, to name a few.  The common denominator is that all of these things can produce strong sensations of pleasure.
What might be signs or characteristics of food addiction:
1)    Intense cravings or preoccupation with a certain food or type of food.  You can’t stop thinking about it, and it causes anxiety and distraction.  Urges, if strong enough, will almost always lead to action.  So by refiring the urge by thinking about the food, you increase the urge until ultimately you “give in”
2)    This next sign is closely related.  Having built yourself up to the point of action, you go to unusual lengths to get the food you are craving.  Think of the stereotype of the crazed, pregnant woman who makes her husband make a midnight run for ice cream.  Now your behavior is changing to satisfy the urge.  You make spontaneous trips to fast food restaurants or carry-outs . You buy large quantities of food and stash them in a special place, or even steal food from family members or coworkers.  You keep this behavior a secret, because you also feel ashamed.
3)    You continue to pursue pleasurable food despite painful consequences.  You hate the weight you are gaining, or the gassy, bloated feeling you have after indulging in a high sugar or high fat food.  But despite the consequences, you continue the behavior.  You know the health risks, but you do it anyway. 
4)    You eat way more than you need to.  The pleasure you are receiving from the food overrides the “shut off” mechanism in your brain that tells you that you’ve had enough.  You have become mechanical and automatic in your eating behavior, almost as if in a “trance”.
5)    You routinely eat to manage your stress or boredom.  You cope with anxiety, frustration and other unpleasant emotions by indulging in something guaranteed to make you feel better, if only temporarily.
6)    And finally, you feel terrible about yourself.  You feel you are weak and have no self-control or will power. You get depressed when you think about your inability to stop.  Or, you justify your behavior because you have a tough job, are in a bad relationship, have a sick parent to care for, or any number of reasons.  You vow to do better tomorrow, or at least when the stress lifts, or “after the holidays” (see # 5)

WEBSITEDo You Have Food Addiction?

Here's What's Coming Up This Week!


July 27, 2015
Stepping up the kids tennis.
Monday morning, how they can see the pro's in action and improve their own game.
Plus another chance to win some great books guaranteed to the kids brains busy this summer.
Joins us Monday from 7-9 on Fox 45 In The Morning.


July 28, 2015


July 29, 2015


July 30, 2015
The Humane Society of Greater Dayton will stop by with a furry friend looking for a forever home.
Thursday morning, we are going outside to cook in our fire pie oven. Tomorrow we will share the recipe. And give you another chance to qualify for the drawing to win a fire pie oven. Join us Thursday morning from 7-9 to on Fox 45 In The Morning.


July 31, 2015
Comedian Rod Man will stop by for a few laughs.

Good Morning Stories

Advertise with us!

  • Dayton Ohio News, Weather, Traffic :: News - Mom to Mom

    Mom to Mom

    If you have any good Mom-to-Mom stories, email Deborah Linz

  • Dayton Ohio News, Weather, Traffic :: News - City In Crisis

    City In Crisis

  • Dayton Ohio News, Weather, Traffic :: News - Miami Valley Crime Stoppers

    Miami Valley Crime Stoppers

    If you have information about a crime that has occurred, call Miami Valley Crime Stoppers at 937-222-7867 (STOP) 800-637-5735, 24 hours a day. Callers can remain anonymous.
  • Dayton Ohio News, Weather, Traffic :: News - Border Crisis

    Border Crisis

    Get the latest developments on the border control issue!
  • Dayton Ohio News, Weather, Traffic :: News - Chefs Corner

    Chefs Corner

    We often invite local chefs into our studio kitchen to demonstrate their cooking techniques and recipes.  Watch those video segments on this page.
  • Dayton Ohio News, Weather, Traffic :: News - Pay It Forward

    Pay It Forward

    Elk & Elk, FOX45, and ABC22 recognize the good deeds of people and organizations who make the Miami Valley a better place.
  • Dayton Ohio News, Weather, Traffic :: News - Health Care Reform

    Health Care Reform

    The Supreme Court ruling to uphold the Affordable Care Act sparked a new battle. Check here daily for the latest developments, locally and across the country.

  • Dayton Ohio News, Weather, Traffic :: News - Secrets Of A Thief

    Secrets Of A Thief

    We expose the "Secrets Of A Thief". Sponsored by Shiver Security.
  • Dayton Ohio News, Weather, Traffic :: News - No Text Zone

    No Text Zone

    Texting While Driving Kills Thousands of People Each Year. Many More are Seriously Injured. You Can Help Make Our Roads a NO TEXT ZONE.
  • Dayton Ohio News, Weather, Traffic :: News - Behind the Headlines

    Behind the Headlines

    Get Behind the Headlines commentary with Mark Hyman.
  • Dayton Ohio News, Weather, Traffic :: News - Town Hall

    Town Hall

    Join in as our expert panel discusses jobs in Ohio
  • Dayton Ohio News, Weather, Traffic :: News - Washington Times

    Washington Times

    Politics, Breaking News, US and World News.
  • Dayton Ohio News, Weather, Traffic :: News - On Time Traffic

    On Time Traffic

    Get the latest traffic information and updates here!
  • Dayton Ohio News, Weather, Traffic :: News - School Closings

    School Closings

    Get the list of all closings and delays for schools and businesses within the area, and sign up for text alerts!
  • Dayton Ohio News, Weather, Traffic :: News - Save Local TV

    Save Local TV

    Find out how you can save local TV right here!

  • Dayton Ohio News, Weather, Traffic :: News - Raw News

    Raw News

    Watch raw, unedited and uncensored news stories right here!
  • Dayton Ohio News, Weather, Traffic :: News - Pump Patrol

    Pump Patrol

    Find the lowest gas prices, check out local and national price trends, report low prices and get fuel saving tips!
  • Dayton Ohio News, Weather, Traffic :: News - Political Pulse

    Political Pulse

    Armstrong Williams is a pugnacious, provocative and principled voice for conservatives and Christian values in America's public debates.
  • Dayton Ohio News, Weather, Traffic :: News - News Links

    News Links

    These links were chosen by the newsroom for their newsworthy content. These sites enhance the news stories that aired on the newscast on the dates cited.
  • Dayton Ohio News, Weather, Traffic :: News - Menard's Around the House

    Menard's Around the House

    Menards Around the House how-to videos give you tips for those much needed home improvements!
  • Dayton Ohio News, Weather, Traffic :: News - On the Move

    On the Move

    Get the latest news and more on your mobile phone!
  • Dayton Ohio News, Weather, Traffic :: News - Good Morning

    Good Morning

    It's Fun, it's fresh, the way mornings should be!
  • Dayton Ohio News, Weather, Traffic :: News - Top Stories

    Top Stories

    Get up to the minute information from across Ohio in our Top Stories section!
  • Dayton Ohio News, Weather, Traffic :: News - Your Voice. Your Future.

    Your Voice. Your Future.

    As the country faces challenges from federal budget issues to jobs and national debt, your voice is critical to the future.
  • Dayton Ohio News, Weather, Traffic :: News - Waste Watch

    Waste Watch

    How are your tax dollars being spent? Waste Watch tracks whether local, state and federal governments or any groups are using your money wisely...or wasting it.

more »

Business News

Orders for US durable goods jump 3.4 percent in June

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Orders to U.S. factories for big-ticket manufactured goods posted a sizable gain in June, reflecting a surge in demand for commercial aircraft. Meanwhile, a key category that reflects business investment rebounded after two months of declines.

Consumer Info

   WEST PALM BEACH, FL -- (Marketwired) -- 03/21/14 --
 Companies that pride themselves on being eco-friendly may have conflicted
 ideas between marketing with ad specialties and maintaining their green
 reputation. ...

Entertainment News


DULUTH, Ga. (AP) -- Bobbi Kristina Brown is "finally at peace in the arms of God."

Get This


NEW YORK (AP) -- Stork yes, streak no.

Science/Tech News


WASHINGTON (AP) -- As President Barack Obama visits Ethiopia, there's a unique lawsuit in the U.S.

Tonight on FOX 45

6:30 pm ..... FOX 45 News at 6:30
7:00 pm ..... The Big Bang Theory
7:30 pm ..... Modern Family
8:00 pm ..... So You Think You Can Dance
10:00 pm ... FOX 45 News at Ten
11:00 pm ... Modern Family
11:30 pm ... Mike & Molly
12:00 am ... Mike & Molly
12:30 am ... The Simpsons
1:00 am ..... Two and a Half Men
1:30 am ..... Two and a Half Men
2:00 am ..... The Office
Complete Schedule»