The more that I am addicted to this stuff the more I am becoming convinced that I'm really battling a chemical substance addiction, not simply an eating disorder. I have many times tried to abstain from sugar, only to begin feeling intense fatigue, depression, anxiety etc. after a day or two of being without it. I feel utterly controlled by the stuff, unable to function without it, and yet it is clearly destroying my life and my sanity. I could just as easily be describing cocaine or alcohol, but I'm describing sugar. I attend an addictions therapy group consisting of mostly alcoholics, and the behaviors and patterns that they describe as part of their addiction to alcohol are absolutely identical to mine. The substance is different, but the behaviors are identical.
So, if cigarettes and alcohol are regulated, I don't see why refined sugar should be any different. I think there is abundant evidence to suggest that it is at least *almost* as destructive to health as the aforementioned substances. The short term effects are less dramatic certainly. But food addiction CAN and DOES kill in a variety of ways. I think it's possible that it is simply so rampant in our society that it has become the norm and we are desensitized to it and can't even see if for what it really is. In this sense, I think sugar is perhaps MORE dangerous than all those drugs in that there is a big cloud of collective denial around it. It is this huge insidious monster that's lurking on every urban street corner to lure you in with the promise of a fleeting experience of pleasure and escape, only to later leave you feeling depressed, lethargic and sick, and craving more.
Last edited by earthward; 04-07-2012 at 04:08 PM.