When people think about addiction they most commonly refer to drugs or alcohol. The truth is that individuals can become addicted to anything. Gambling, sex, and drug abuse are dangerous issues that millions of Americans suffer from every year. There are a plethora of television ads and warnings about the dangers of these activities, which makes the general public more aware. What most of society does not understand is that there are an endless number of possible addictions out there and they could be in the middle of one at this very moment. Addiction, today, is understood to be a chronic relapsing brain disorder. It is characterized by actions that repeat themselves compulsively in decision making that can be harmful to your health. For example, exercise addiction is a real thing. Individuals suffering from exercise addiction continue to exercise past the point of health and put themselves in dangerous situations. New research on the dangers of red meat has prompted professionals to questions if red meat is addictive.

Red Meat Dangers

The World Health Organization recently announced that red meat and other processed meats can cause cancer. These meats are carcinogenic, as the organization has stated. Most of the meat loving world has responded in denial and anger. These reports have stated that red meat is linked to colorectal cancer. This can lead to diarrhea, rectal bleeding, and abdominal pain or even fatality. Even with this new report and warning most meat eaters are refusing to stop eating meat. The statements have also been met with responses that people would rather die than stop eating bacon. According to the World Health Organization those individuals who refuse to stop eating red and processed meats need to enter a drug or alcohol type of program. The most common treatment program is the 12-step alcohol rehabilitation for drugs and alcohol. Some professionals believe that those who are unwilling to stop eating red meats should attend a meat eater’s anonymous meeting. George Washington University affiliate in the Milken Institute School for Public Health believes that the World Health Organizations reports garner a significant level of attention. Their research reaffirms a longstanding discussion on the dangers that red and processed meats have on the body. Just after the World Health Organizations report was released scientists from Oxford stated that someone who eats a steak once a week increases their chances of colorectal cancer by more than two-fifths and those who eat meat twice a week have an 18 percent higher risk compared to vegetarians. More general studies have linked red and processed meats to heart disease, diabetes, strokes, and several other types of cancer.

According to various studies, there are chemicals in meats that can cause them to be addictive. Many people have a hard time controlling their eating habits when it comes to pizza, bacon, sugars, and other sugary/fatty foods. Cheese is known to be especially addictive because the casein releases opiates called casomorphines. Knowing these facts, is meat an addiction? Going by the idea that an addiction is the compulsive repeated consumption of a substance that is dangerous to health, then it could technically be in the same ball-park as an addictive substance.

Meat Addiction

Can junk, sugary, or fatty foods be addictive? That question is consistently argued. The foods can change the way individuals feel about themselves and be used to change their moods. Are they dangerous substances, when not consumed responsibly. Yes. Is meat consumption an addiction? This individual does not believe it is. Humans have been eating meats since their origins. Could meat consumption cause some one the issues that lead to their deaths? Sure, but so is a plethora of other issues. Everything must be used in moderation. The increased risk of cancer and other illnesses increases with the amount of meat (among everything else in the world) is consumed. Do not eat red or processed meats at every meal. Meats are a part of a healthy BALANCED diet. If you would like to stop eating meat, but are not capable then speak with a dietitian or an addiction specialist about the issue.