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I cant stop thinking about food. Its driving me crazy its all i have on my mind and can never resist it!
A typical days food would be cereal then a chocolate bar a bag of crisps and some biscuits, pasta + cheese and then for tea pasta and cheese. My daily diet is pretty much that!
I dont really eat meat no veg and no nuts or fuit.
I am a healthy weight and dont consider myself atall fat however am putting on weight.
I am worried my diet is going to lead me to health problems but when i try and change it i cant - its impossible. The idea of eating chocolate is much more apertising than anything else. I feel like i am addicted to chocolate.
I often have headaches and feel dizzy when i stand up - dont know if it is related. I dont have any reason to comfort eat either.
What can it be or how can anybody help...

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replied March 31st, 2011
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The first action you can take is consulting your GP for a few investigations. You may need to check you Thyroid hormone levels. A hyper-functioning thyroid may increase appetite. However, it seems clear that you do not crave for more quantity of food, but it is a specific kind of food that you eat more often. Chocolate can make you feel upbeat. The chemical ingredients in chocolate can stimulate the reward centre in the brain and then it becomes a habit.

You might gain weight slowly over a period of time, as you are consuming food items with a high caloric value. The extra calories get converted into body fat and it starts accumulating around waist, etc. Chocolate also has ingredients which can make you feel mildly dehydrated. The sugars in the chocolate can absorb water from your gut. Mild dehydration is the most common cause of headache.

Your symptoms could also be suggestive of some form of eating disorder. For an accurate diagnosis, please consult your physician or a psychiatrist. Take care.

Abhijeet Deshmukh, MD

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