Help of­fered for food ad­dicts in Porirua City


How do you re­cover from an ad­dic­tion when the very thing you’re ad­dicted to is an es­sen­tial part of stay­ing alive?

Food Ad­dicts in Re­cov­ery Anony­mous is hold­ing a free pub­lic in­for­ma­tion event in Porirua to help peo­ple find sup­port.

Mary, not her real name, said the meet­ing would be a great chance for peo­ple to come along and see what the group of­fered.

‘‘It’s very friendly and sup­port­ive ... it has no fees and no weigh in, just a chance for peo­ple to come to­gether and share their ex­pe­ri­ence, strength and hopes.’’

She said the pro­gramme wasn’t re­li­gious but had a spir­i­tual as­pect to it and was for any­one strug­gling with food ad­dic­tion.

‘‘Obe­sity is very high pro­file and very ob­vi­ous, but food ad­dic­tion comes in the form of anorexia and bu­limia as well, peo­ple don’t un­der­stand how hard it is.’’

Her own food ad­dic­tion be­gan when she was a child strug­gling with school and con­tin­ued for decades.

‘‘I re­mem­ber com­ing home from school to my mother’s cook­ing, and ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a feel­ing of warmth, refuge and love. Those food as­so­ci­a­tions be­came deeply in­grained.’’

Af­ter years of dieting and ex­er­cis­ing while her weight con­tin­ued to fluc­tu­ate she heard a friend use the words ‘‘food ad­dict’ and she im­me­di­ately iden­ti­fied.

‘‘I went to a meet­ing for Food Ad­dicts in Re­cov­ery Anony­mous with her and heard oth­ers share sim­i­lar strug­gles with food. Some­one at the meet­ing asked me if I thought I could fol­low the pro­gramme for one day. I thought that might be pos­si­ble – for one day.’’

One day at a time she lost 27 kg and reached a healthy weight for the first time since she was 5 years old. She’s kept it off for more than 13 years.

Friends and fam­ily ask her why she still goes to meet­ings when she’s had a thin body for years.

‘‘I’m still do­ing this be­cause I still have the mind and body of a food ad­dict. By prac­tic­ing cer­tain dis­ci­plines ev­ery day, I do not have to take that first ad­dic­tive bite and my life keeps get­ting bet­ter.’’

The meet­ing will be held at The Sal­va­tion Army, Fan­tame St, Can­nons Creek, Au­gust 23, 7pm till 8.30pm, for more in­for­ma­tion email fanewzealand@hot­

Food Ad­dicts in Re­cov­ery are hold­ing a pub­lic in­for­ma­tion meet­ing in Porirua.

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