Do you blame staying overweight on ‘food addiction’? Although a clinical condition known as ‘binge eating disorder’ does exist, it is extremely rare, affecting less than 3% of obese people. Behavioural scientists are concerned that some people may latch on to the concept of food addiction as an excuse, so that remaining overweight is ‘not my fault’ and ‘I can’t help it’. If you have a difficult relationship with food, and find it difficult to control your eating, it is important to seek advice from your doctor. Measures such as psychotherapy or hypnotherapy may help you stick to a healthier diet and lifestyle.