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Jacksonville Airport Opens Aviation History Museum

Jacksonville International Airport (JAX) has started the earliest phase of its new exhibit, an aviation history museum, named “Jacksonville Takes Flight: North Florida Aviation History from 1878 to 1941.”

Exhibiting aviation milestones and memorabilia from the era when Florida was meagerly populated, and Jacksonville was the state’s “big city,” it makes a center of attraction of the airport. Allowing the travelers to view aircraft movement on the ramp, it beautifully conveys much more about the area’s aviation history.

The exhibit starts its glorious story with phase I on Jan. 28, 1878, when a hot air balloon holding one man was visualized floating a “mile high” over the city at 5 p.m. It ended on the eve of World War II when the military formed bases bigger than most Florida cities.

Phase II of the gallery exhibit will embark at the end of World War II, and bring to a close with the most recent accomplishments. At the 50th anniversary celebration of JAX at its current location in 2018, this phase should be completed.

Along with a wall mural comprising highlights and photos of significant events in Jacksonville’s aviation history, seven cases demonstrate a variety of aviation artifacts. Interactive display monitors are also provided to the travelers to reveal more interesting information about our area’s long term relationship with aviation.

Located next to the center courtyard food court, “Jacksonville Takes Flight: North Florida aviation history from 1878 to 1941” also has a great window for viewing modern day airfield activity. Visitors are welcome to take pleasure in the pre-security museum situated next to the center courtyard food court that is open daily from 5am to midnight.

When you’re flying out of Jacksonville International Airport, you’ll encounter several attractive parking lots with 24-hour services, shuttle service, and a full range of amenities. Stop worrying about airport parking and take a glance at the aviation history of Florida.

Beware of Forex Scams

Forex (foreign currency exchange) is a relatively unregulated market with high potential for gains as well as high potential for loss. These two factors, high potential for gain and soft regulation, have attracted swindlers from all over the world. These scam artists use the allure of Forex to steal millions from unsuspecting investors. Let me start by showing an example of a current Forex scam.

All it takes is a couple minutes on Google and I quickly find a few Forex scams. Take this one for example: The company has bought Google ad space and their site shows on the first page of my search. The website reads “Guaranteed 200% Interest Per Month”, Minimum Deposit: $5000, Maximum Deposit: $999,999, Investment Length: 30 days; Fast Withdrawals!” To the novice Forex trader it sounds great. All I have to do is send them my money and I will soon be making 200% per month – wow!

If you continue reading you find that they use a lot of flowery verbiage to explain HOW they trade. They talk about “security” of funds and the “stability” of their company. On the ‘About Us’ page they have headlines like “Professionalism”, “Reliability”, “Trust”, and my personal favorite “Process Ability”. Under ‘Process Ability” they write: “Correct prediction of reversal of exchange rates outflow by using timely analysis of our department, received news, their processing, and also positions’ control during technical and fundamental analysis;”. It only takes 5 seconds of reading this site for a REAL Forex trader to see the scam. But to the unsuspecting person, who has heard of the huge potential in Forex, this sounds like a dream come true.

So how does the Forex newbie avoid Forex scams and find real Forex products?

  1. First off, remember the saying “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.” There is NO such thing as guaranteed returns in Forex let alone a guaranteed 200% per month. Forex can be VERY profitable but it is NOT easy and there is rarely weekly consistency. If you see a Forex company including automated Forex systems making such claims – beware.
  2. Two. Research the company presenting the opportunity. In the case we discussed a moment ago, it only takes a quick look at the company’s website registration to find out there are inconsistencies in the story. The website was registered in July of this year but the company claims to have started in June. Also, they provide false business contact information in their site registration.
  3. Never give up control of your money. In Forex, you NEVER should have to send your money to someone other than a fully regulated Forex broker. If you decide to have someone manage your funds for you, you still maintain control of your funds and your Forex account.
  4. Speak to the people behind the Forex opportunity. Many Forex opportunities are completely legitimate. If an opportunity is legitimate the company will be more than willing to speak with you directly. Never invest in any Forex product without having contact with the individuals responsible for that product.
  5. Does the company disclose the risks involved with trading Forex? Forex is a risky investment. If a company refuses to acknowledge that, they are misleading you. It doesn’t matter whether you are considering a Forex managed account, an automated Forex trading system, Forex education, Forex trade signals, or any other Forex product. If they are offering you something to do with Forex, they MUST disclose the risks of trading Forex to you.
  6. Don’t let emotion get the best of you. There is something exciting about the possibility of making 200% per month guaranteed. This excitement often blinds people from reality. They want to believe SO bad that something is real that they overlook the obvious.

Forex is a legitimate investment opportunity. Thousands of Forex traders make a significant living trading the Forex market everyday. However, don’t let yourself get sucked into the Forex scams that seem to be too good to be true. Because they are. Use common sense and the tips I’ve provided above to avoid being the next victim of a Forex scam.

Your Food Relationship – Achieve Your Diet and Fat Loss Goals Faster

Food – none of us can go without it! But how does the way in which we think about food impact our diet? Are you someone who just sees food as body fuel, or do the different tastes, textures and nutritional values of food excite you? In today’s health conscious world, I would think that most of us fall into the latter group. If you want to achieve your diet goals quicker, then you need to clearly understand you relationship with food.

Eat and Burn

In its simplest form, food gives our body the calories it needs to run on a daily basis. When there are too few calories, the body looks to its own reserves. When there are too many calories, the body puts them away in storage (i.e. as body fat). On a purely mathematical level, so long as we burn as much as we consume, we are not going to produce excess body fat. So yes it is possible to eat junk food and stay thin but we also know that what food we eat can be as important as how much food we eat.

Food Fanatics

Not all foods are created equal. It would be nonsense to say that a caramel flapjack and an organic apple containing the same number of calories are of equal health benefit. At the ‘eat and burn’ basic level then yes they might provide our body with the same number of calories but substance is surely just as important. We have all learned that the organic apple is bursting with healthy goodness, whilst the flapjack will be laden with sugar and other nutritional nastiness.

The food world has gone crazy over the past few years. Every other program on television is a cooking program. But why are we so obsessed? It is just body fuel at the end of the day…

I have to admit, I am a modern day ‘foodie’. I love cooking and experimenting in the kitchen and I strongly believe in the health benefits of natural food. In my eyes, there is nothing wrong with this, food has the fantastic ability of making us happy so let’s take advantage. However, you need to be aware of your root relationship with food. There is definitely a risk of obsessing over food. Such obsession may manifest itself as punishing yourself for eating ‘junk’ food, a lifetime of calorie counting, or possibly worse. We each have unique relationships with food and to get the most from food we should strip away the layers and get to the bottom of what and why. Why did you have to eat popcorn whilst watching that movie yesterday evening? Why did you have to drink alcohol when socialising last week? It is good to sit back and think about our food choices so we understand why we made them and can enjoy those choices instead of feeling guilty about them!

Strategies to Avoid Food Obsession and Achieve Your Diet Goals

As we are dependent upon food for survival, all of us have a relationship with food.

Here are a few ideas to help you find out, change, and nurture your food relationship.

  • Make a Black, Grey, White list of foods you commonly eat. Black for the least healthy, White for the most. Then keep it in your kitchen, making sure that your cupboards are full of those foods on the White list (typically fresh fruit, vegetables, unsalted nuts and seeds, whilst trying to cut out those on the Black list (basically anything processed containing sugar, as well as alcohol and if you follow the Paleo diet, then all grains too). To take things further, you can keep a score board to measure how many food items from each colour group you are eating – monitoring your results forces the truth upon you, so there is nowhere to hide!
  • Work out what type of food personality you are. Do this by clearly identifying what you enjoy about food. For me, I know that eating healthily will make me feel happy but so does the odd treat. I have a soft spot for beer and ice cream (not together though!), so I indulge in these things every now and again. It may be that you enjoy a certain type of cuisine, or need to eat every two hours. Being aware of your food personality will help you identify your strengths and weaknesses in your diet, which you can then address sensibly instead of obsessively.
  • Be wise about food availability – possibly the most important factor in keeping a healthy diet is to always have the healthy food readily to hand. Most people resort to less healthy foods because they are so accessible. A little bit of effort on your part and healthy food can be fast food in any hectic lifestyle. Prepare your healthy food in advance and keep stock levels high (i.e. always have fresh fruit and vegetables at the ready).
  • Equally, if it isn’t in your house in the first place then you can’t eat it! If you don’t have very strong willpower, avoid the lethal step of bringing junk foods into your home. Too often I have picked things up and thought it would be saved for a rainy day but the evenings are full of temptation and before you know it that treat is in your belly. I know that keeping sweet food in the house can undo my healthy eating, so it’s best kept out most of the time.

Free Your Food, Do Not Trap it with Rules


What is Fashionable?

Fashion is fitting into the scene and making one look the best that he or she can look. Fashion is the norm of clothing, cars, homes, and yes, even pets. Fashion is fashionable. What is fashionable though?

Fashions change all the time. There are some constants about fashion though. The outfits should fit appropriately and be flattering. The vehicles should be safe and clean. The homes should be comfortable and personable. The pets should be well cared for. Now that we know the constants, how does one achieve these constant fashions?

Fashionable outfits typically sport the name of a high end designer. This is not necessary though, since in other parts of the world, say the Philippians, fashionable pants include the Levi pant line. This is considered an expensive brand in the United States, but in other parts of the world, it is. Fashionable clothing is clothing that fits well and compliments the body of the wearer. Fashionable clothing does not show too much skin or appear to be too tight. Fashionable clothing does not restrict movement, but rather enables the individual to be as comfortable and natural as possible.

Fashionable cars are much like fashionable clothing. What is expensive in one country is not in the other. In America, the BMW is considered one of the most expensive cars on the market. In Bosnia, everyone drives a BMW and people want the Ford Taurus. How is that for luxury and fashion? A fashionable car is a vehicle with personality and is clean at the same time. There should be plenty of the driver in the car and plenty of car to be seen. Dirty is never fashionable and clutter is much like dirt.

Fashionable homes are sketchy. Everyone wants a home. Homes in themselves are fashionable. A fashionable home is a home that is well put together with general themes for each room. The living room should not have lawn chairs. The dining room should not have a weight bench. The kitchen should not be storage room. Fashionable homes are all about themes and cleanliness.

Fashionable pets are scary. While it can be “fashionable” to have a specific breed, it is far more ‘fashionable” to have a healthy and happy pet. Remember though, pets are for life, not for fashion. Once you get a pet, you are in a till death-do-you-part relationship with that pet. Think before you purchase.


How to Help Your Child Break Into Showbiz

So you’ve been told your child is a natural performer, but how do you get from compliments to credits? While the entertainment business is a tough one to break into, there are a few initial steps towards employing your child’s creativity which you can take long before you start seeking representation.

Step One – Be Honest. Every parent is probably a little biased about their own child’s talents and looks, but showbiz isn’t for everyone. Taking an unbiased look at your child to find out if s/he has what it takes is possible. Just remember that the more honest you are with yourself about his/her current abilities, the more likely s/he is to succeed in the long run. Children In Film offers an online assessment quiz in their KidStart program.

Step Two – Get Organized. Organization is extremely important in your path to success. Balancing your child’s career and schoolwork along with the regular demands of having a family and a life of your own is a challenge. Getting organized involves having a cell phone with voicemail, setting up a post office box or permanent address and keeping a detailed datebook or PDA Scheduler. There are also important records and documents you must obtain such as work permits and blocked trust accounts.

Step Three – Take Photos. Photographs are the most important tool for you child’s success. If your child is five or under, or if you’re just beginning to shop for agents, snapshots are suitable. All too often people spend money on professional headshots before acquiring an agent and then have to have them redone at the request of the agent.

Step Four – Take Classes. Enrolling your child in acting classes, workshops and other specialty classes like dance or voice is an excellent way to prepare them for future auditions and roles. Classes are also a great place to network and gain exposure. But remember this: a class is a service you pay for in order to improve your child’s skills. It is not a guarantee of work, representation or immediate success. Going to school does not guarantee that you’ll get into the best college; it’s just a good start.

Once you’ve completed these steps, you’re ready to build a resume and seek representation.

Training Showbiz Dogs

Do you know this song? … “There’s no business like show business, Like no business I know…” Sounds familiar right? Well… training showbiz dogs to be “Hollywood Dogs” is a tough act if you think about it. Unlike us humans, we are naturally capable of doing make believe actings, facial expressions, and deliver the script lines as if it was true and genuine. But for dogs, it’s quite different and very difficult actually… imagine, training showbiz dogs as Hollywood Dogs is basically mentoring pooches how to be Hollywood Actors!!!

OK hold on, hold on, before you could teach your dog how to sing like these showbiz dogs as Hollywood dogs… we need to teach them the basics before learning those showbiz tricks. So the primary question is how do you teach them the basics? Teaching your dog could be as fast as 5-10 minutes as day or as long as 15 minutes a day. It doesn’t have to be an hour long or even half an hour long… that would be too long for a training session which takes a toll on you and the dog’s attention span as well. If you want them to give you their 100% attention all the time, you have to make it fun for them and fun time as well for you. You have to love what you’re doing and in doing this you don’t loose your temper when your dog seems to be quite inattentive to your commands.

Have you shaken your dogs paws ever? Then how do you expect them to learn how to shake hands…How about rollover or crawl… do you want them to learn how to rollover & crawl?

Well if you want your dog how to learn these basic tricks and the fundamentals of dog obedience training then you should hear out the fastest way on how to teach your “Showbiz Dogs as Hollywood Dogs” !!!

The Golden Rules for Booking Live Entertainment For Your Event

Booking Live Entertainment

Tips & Tricks For The Entertainment Buyer

Having worked as a professional magician and mind reader for the past sixteen years, I have seen hundreds if not thousands of venues all over the world. From Boston, where I am based, to Singapore, where I work for a few weeks once per year, and many cities and countries in between. A similarity that crosses all borders is the consistent lack of knowledge the client has when booking live entertainment. This is true for that of a variety type. (e.g magicians, jugglers, clowns, etc.).

Now this can be forgiven (to an extent), as most people have not booked live entertainment before and know absolutely nothing about how the process works. These individuals can be forgiven and kindly instructed by the performer on how the smooth the process can and should be. That said, when you as the entertainer are working through a seasoned booker (e.g someone who works for a company that plans all large and small functions), there is really no excuse for poor booking processes.

After speaking with several performer friends from all areas of entertainment, we have come up with a list of guidelines any future client should be at least familiar with before hiring professional entertainment.

When To Book Live Entertainment

So you want to hire some entertainment for your party, event, graduation, anniversary, etc. Whatever the case may be, you want to spice it up with something live and fun! First thing you should know is that performers of all varieties whether magicians, fire eaters or live bands, need time to prepare their shows. Most of us specially design our performances around your event, and this does take some time and will go into the price of the performance. You will want to give at least 3-4 weeks notice to a performer before booking. This is my suggested time frame for me, other performers require much earlier notice, and some can take an event with just a couple days notice. It depends on our schedules, current bookings and flexibility and of course, the performer himself (or herself). Our schedules are very strange, and totally non-traditional – we can have gigs at all hours of the day, night, and even into the very early mornings. Please Note: If you call a performer a day or two, or three, or even four before your event, they will most likely charge a little more for the short notice. It takes time to make your event special, whether by creating custom routines as I do, setting up a music set list, or getting required licenses or permits for more dangerous acts like fire eating and sideshow stunts.

What Are You Looking For

Hiring entertainment for your event can really enhance your guests’ experience. Whether it’s a live band, DJ, caricaturist, or magician, live performances create a truly unique experience that your guests will share with their friends and families when they leave. You want to determine what kind of entertainment best suits your particular event. For example: If you’re getting married at a golf resort. With 200 guests and a traditional setup (cocktail hour, plated dinner, speeches, dancing, etc.), then you will want to determine where and when entertainment makes sense. If you’re interested in magic or mind reading, which is very popular at weddings, then you would be best to place it into the cocktail reception for what is called “strolling” or “walk-around.” This is where the performer wanders through your cocktail hour performing small, up close effects and routines for small groups of guests. This offers a personal experience you sometimes lose with a full length show. It also breaks up the occasional repetitiveness of such portions of the event. Magic, mind reading or a little light music can really make a difference. Have an idea of what you want, lay out your event, and see where it makes the most sense. Maybe a full length comedy mind reading show after a three day corporate retreat? Or perhaps you’re celebrating your child’s birthday and want some entertainment to keep all the little guests entertained? A children’s magic and balloon show is a perfect fit here. Look into my other article on Magic & Mind Reading for Adults vs. Magic for Children, for more detailed information.

Determine Your Budget

This is by far one of the most important points a soon-to-be entertainment buyer must understand. It should be known that every performer, no matter what persuasion, charges differently. A fire eater will charge differently from a juggler or clown. A mentalist will charge differently from a magician or stilt walker. This is based on how they value their time and expertise.

Have at least a rough idea on what you’re looking to spend on entertainment. Do not be afraid to ask a performer if he or she can work within your budget. Be realistic about it and think about your event and the kind of image that you want your guests to take home with them, and try to get a rough idea on what you would be willing to spend achieve that image. You will not insult us with your budget. We will just say no politely or even recommend someone who could better work within your financial parameters.

Entertainers usually know each other and bounce work around quite a bit. We almost always know what our friends and competitors charge. The more unique the performance style, the smaller number of performers. If you have $200 for a full length hypnosis performance, you may want to look into another form of entertainment. Most hypnotists don’t leave home for less than triple that amount. If you have $5,000 for entertainment, then you’re in a whole new bracket of entertainers. More on that later

When to Visit Cambridge

Like many New England destinations, Cambridge has four distinct seasons that make it a true treasure to visit any time of year. Whether you crave the intensity of the color of leaves in the fall, the crisp winter chill, the rebirth of spring, or the balmy summers, Cambridge weather has something for everyone. Here’s your guide to the best times of year to visit this historic city.


Cambridge gets quite busy in the fall – for good reason. It’s home to two famous schools: Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. As students of these schools prepare to go back to class, their family and friends come for a visit and to help them get settled.

Not only that, but fall foliage will be in full swing. Towards the beginning part of the season, the city has a lot of green and brown leaves, but as the season progresses, these colors shift to orange, yellow, and red. The peak of this season comes around mid-October each year.

Just be aware that fall is also the most crowded, with hotel prices averaging $182 a night. Events in October like the Regatta, Halloween, and BU Parent Weekend all contribute to these rising costs.


If you’re looking for optimal weather in the area, you’ll probably want to take a visit during summer. June has the title of the sunniest month in Cambridge, while in July, high temperatures average 81 degrees Fahrenheit. June is slightly cooler at 73 degrees Fahrenheit, while August is just a bit cooler at 80 degrees Fahrenheit. However, if you’re afraid of getting rained out, choose August, as this month only has an average of 1.5 inches of rainfall. June and July have 4.7 inches and 3.7 inches, respectively.

Hotel prices in these months can still be a bit steep, but generally, see a big drop-off come July. June averages $173 a night, while July and August are right in the $162-163 ballpark. Of course, you can always score the best deals and avoid overpaying due to fluctuations by using a hotel pricing site like HotelPlanner. By browsing ahead of time, you’ll find great rooms that won’t break your budget, no matter the time of year.


While spring is on the cooler side in Cambridge, it’s still a very popular time of year for visitors. With the Boston Marathon in April, prices soar up this month, peaking at a wallet-busting $180 per night on average. To save big, try going in early spring like March, as prices are only $164 a night. Temperatures can be chilly, however, with the average high reaching 36 degrees Fahrenheit.


New England winters are not for the faint of heart. However, if you’ve always wanted to check out Cambridge, don’t let a little chill stop you, as it’s the cheapest time of year by far to visit. Rooms drop to $161 a night in January and February. Plus, you’ll be able to enjoy the city’s Christmas and New Year’s celebrations if you visit during this time.

As you can see, there are certainly advantages and disadvantages to visiting Cambridge at different times of year. Do your research before booking a trip to find the right season for your budget.

Understanding Trend Time Frames and Directions

There have been students asking in the Instant FX Profits chat room about the current trend for certain currency pairs. In return, I reply with another question, “According to the past 5 minutes, 5 hours, 5 days or 5 weeks?” Some traders may not be aware that different trends exist in different time frames. The question of what kind of trend is in place cannot be separated from the time frame that a trend is in. Trends are, after all, used to determine the relative direction of prices in a market over different time periods.

There are mainly three types of trends in terms of time measurement:
1. Primary (long-term),
2. Intermediate (medium-term) and
3. Short-term.

These are discussed in further detail below.

1. Primary trend A primary trend lasts the longest period of time, and its lifespan may range between eight months and two years. This is the major trend that can be spotted easily on longer term charts such as the daily, weekly or monthly charts. Long-term traders who trade according to the primary trend are the most concerned about the fundamental picture of the currency pairs that they are trading, since fundamental factors will provide these traders with an idea of supply and demand on a bigger scale.

2. Intermediate trend Within a primary trend, there will be counter-cyclical trends, and such price movements form the intermediate trend. This type of trend could last from a month to as long as eight months. Knowing what the intermediate trend is of great importance to the position trader who tends to hold positions for several weeks or months at one go.

3. Short-term trend A short-term trend can last for a few days to as long as a month. It appears during the course of the intermediate trend due to global capital flows reacting to daily economic news and political situations. Day traders are concerned with spotting and identifying short-term trends and as such short-term price movements are aplenty in the currency market, and can provide significant profit opportunities within a very short period of time.

No matter which time frame you may trade, it is vital to monitor and identify the primary trend, the intermediate trend, and the short-term trend for a better overall picture of the trend.

In order to adopt any trend riding strategy, you must first identify a trend direction. You can easily gauge the direction of a trend by looking at the price chart of a currency pair. A trend can be defined as a series of higher lows and higher highs in an up trend, and a series of lower highs and lower lows in a down trend. In reality, prices do not always go higher in an up trend, but still tend to bounce off areas of support, just like prices do not always make lower lows in a down trend, but still tend to bounce off areas of resistance.

There are three trend directions a currency pair could take:
1. Up trend,
2. Down trend or
3. Sideways.

1. Up trend In an up trend, the base currency (which is the first currency symbol in a pair) appreciates in value. For example, if EUR/USD is in an up trend, it means that EUR is rising higher against the USD. An up trend is characterised by a series of higher highs and higher lows. However in real life, sometimes the currency does not make higher highs, but still makes higher lows. Base currency ‘bulls’ take charge during an up trend, taking the opportunities to bid up the base currency whenever it goes a bit lower, believing that there will be more buyers at every step, hence pushing up the prices.

2. Down trend On the other hand, in a down trend, the base currency depreciates in value. For example, if EUR/USD is in a down trend, it means that EUR is declining against the USD. A down trend is characterised by a series of lower highs and lower lows, but similarly, the currency does not always make lower lows, but still tends to make lower highs. The downward slope of lower highs is formed by the base currency ‘bears’ who take control during a down trend, taking every opportunity to sell because they believe that the base currency would go down even more.

3. Sideways trend If a currency pair does not go much higher or much lower, we can say that it is going sideways. When this happens the prices are moving within a narrow range, and are neither appreciating nor depreciating much in value. If you want to ride on a trend, this directionless mode is one that you do not wish to be stuck in, for it is very likely to have a net loss position in a sideways market especially if the trade has not made enough pips to cover the spread commission costs.

Therefore, for the trend riding strategies, we shall focus only on the up trend and the down trend.

Food Addiction – The Reason Why We’re Fat?

Given the obesity rates in this country there are a lot of people who are addicted to food. Food addiction can be very similar to alcohol and drug addictions. The difference between an over eater and an addict is the over eater simply eats too much, but could stop if they wanted and tried to, yet the addict often can’t stop eating, or binging, despite the extra money it is costing, the effect its having on relationships, or what it is doing to the their health. Food addicts obsess about food. While a large portion of obese people may be food addicts, weight is not the only basis for identifying a them. People who are thin or average weight who are suffering from bulimia nervosa or similar disorders can also be food addicts.

Perhaps you are at a party or picnic and someone has brought out a tray of chocolate frosted cupcakes. It’s not on your new diet plan to eat cupcakes, but the host has made them thinking of you, remembering they are your favorite flavor. So you decide it would be okay to just have one. You enjoy one delectable cupcake, tasting how soft and moist the cake is and how creamy and chocolate-y the frosting is. But after that one cupcake you decide to have one other. At this point you realize that you can’t stop eating them. You might volunteer to take the rest home saying you will “bring them to your family”, even though you know you will eat the rest. Or so people don’t know you have a problem, perhaps you’ll leave a little early and stop by the bakery for cupcakes, and maybe somewhere else, because ice cream would sure taste good with them. Now you are thinking about cupcakes and food too much. It has probably gotten in the way of you having fun at the party.

Whether its cupcakes, ice cream, chips or pizza, if you are like this, not able to stop eating certain foods, you may be a food addict. Food addiction is real and serious. In the United States the obesity rate has been increasing for a number of years. Surprisingly, in the fight against obesity, food addiction is not mentioned. People are told to have self-control, use their willpower, and avoid overeating. They tell us to eat less sugar and fat, and to exercise. People talk to overweight people like they don’t know this. It is just difficult for people with a food addiction. Based on many separate research studies, scientists have found evidence of chemical dependency on food. Experiments have shown that the pleasure centers of the brain that are triggered when people use cocaine and heroin are also stimulated by food. People who are addicted to food overeat because some foods trigger good feeling brain chemicals such as dopamine that gives the person a sense of feeling high. While each food addict has their own particular food or foods they are addicted to, the foods that are most addictive in general tend to be foods that are high in sugar, fat and salt.

Every overweight person may not be addicted to food. Having three brownies once in a while, eating more than the recommended portion of fries, or eating large portions at dinner, do not make a person a food addict. There are many overweight people who are not food addicts. Food addicts think about food and diets a lot. They have often tried to not eat certain foods and have failed. They have nervousness and a sense of anxiety when it comes to food. They both love and hate food. They love food because it is not only delicious, but it has been there to comfort them and help them deal with, but mostly cover, negative emotions such as guilt, anger, or depression. They hate food because it makes them overweight and feel bad about themselves. Food makes them feel out of control because they can’t help eating more and more.

People who suffer from bulimia eat copious amounts food when they binge, just like many other food addicts who are overweight, but because they purge their food they tend to be thin or more often an average weight. But they are often addicted to food, not being able to handle just one portion. They eat large amounts of food, but try to control their weight by “getting rid of” the food.

There have been a lot of programs that are supposed to be helping to curb the obesity epidemic in this country. There needs to be more concentration on food addiction. Most of the obese people are not just overeating because they think it’s fun being fat. They, as well as others who not obese, are suffering from food addictions. Food addictions need to be treated as seriously as drug addiction because these addictions can lead to major illnesses and even death.