Food Addiction Treatment at The Cabin Dubai

We all have food cravings from time to time. However, if you find yourself consumed by thoughts of food and eating, you may suffer from a food addiction. You are not alone in this – food addiction is increasingly common in Dubai.

A recent study has found that Dubai’s obesity rate is double the world average. Although food addiction is not the only cause of obesity, it undoubtedly plays a contributing role in this troubling statistic.

Those struggling with food addiction face unique challenges – the prevalence of food-related advertising in society and the countless social events centred around eating make reminders of food impossible to escape. Further, since we must eat to live, abstinence from food is not an option.

Fortunately, there is hope. The Cabin Dubai’s effective and innovative treatment programme can help you develop a healthy relationship with food and gain freedom from your food addiction.

Food Addiction Explained

Food addiction is characterised by a compulsive desire to consume food. This desire persists in the face of the negative consequences, such as obesity and other health concerns. It is important to note, however, that not all of those who suffer from food addiction are overweight, as many sufferers engage in compensatory behaviours such as purging (bulimia), fasting or over-exercise.

In contrast to substance addiction, which involves an addiction to a specific substance, such as drugs or alcohol, food addiction is an addiction to a behaviour – or the process of eating. For this reason, food addiction is considered a process addiction. Like substance addiction, process addictions involve a malfunction in the reward circuitry of the brain.

Junk foods are especially problematic for individuals who suffer from food addiction.  The high quantities of fat, sugar and salt in these foods act on the pleasure centres of the brain by producing a dopamine response similar to that caused by alcohol or drugs. An individual will continue to eat, despite not being hungry, in order to prolong the feeling of pleasure that results from dopamine flooding the brain.

Signs of Food Addiction

If you experience any of the following, it’s possible that you have an addiction to food:

  • Losing control of eating behaviour, especially when eating certain foods
  • Eating to the point of feeling ill
  • Thoughts consumed by food and eating
  • Eating at strange times, such as the middle of the night
  • Needing to eat more and more of certain foods to feel satisfaction
  • Inability to change eating behaviour despite negative consequences

Dangers of Compulsive Overeating

As with substance addiction, food addiction can negatively impact several aspects of your life and may pose harmful physical, social and emotional consequences.

Physical dangers include: 

  • High cholesterol
  • Heart disease
  • Fatigue
  • Cancer
  • Stroke
  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Kidney disease
  • Bone deterioration
  • Sleep apnea
  • Arthritis

Social and emotional dangers include:

  • Experiencing guilt or shame as a result of overeating or compensatory behaviours
  • Feeling isolated from others
  • Avoidance of social events that are centred around food or where food may be present
  • Feeling depressed or hopeless
  • Impaired performance at work  or school stemming from a preoccupation with food or food-centred behaviours
  • Reduced enjoyment in life, potentially leading to suicidal ideation in extreme cases

Despite the complex nature of food addiction, recovery is possible – and getting help as soon as possible is imperative.

The Cabin Dubai: Effective and Confidential Food Addiction Treatment

The Cabin Dubai’s outpatient programme offers effective, confidential treatment for bulimia, overeating and other forms of food addiction. Our holistic Recovery Zones method, which boasts an impressive 96 per cent completion rate, is designed to treat process addictions for which complete abstinence is not an option.

Each client at The Cabin Dubai receives a treatment plan specifically tailored to their individual needs. Our certified and highly trained clinical professionals employ the use of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), the 12 Steps and mindfulness techniques to teach the coping skills necessary to maintain a healthy lifestyle free from food addiction.

At The Cabin, we take every possible precaution to ensure that your personal information is kept secure during and after treatment. Your confidentiality is important to us!

Please note: if you prefer, we offer Telehealth services, allowing you to receive treatment from the comfort and privacy of your own home.

Please note: if you prefer, we offer Telehealth services, allowing you to receive treatment from the comfort, and privacy, of your own home.

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