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It's not that I have no empathy for hefty Wynonna Judd, having fought the fat fight for so many years myself. It's just that I'm skeptical that taking more calories in than expended in physical energy is an addiction. In that, hold on before unleashing the compassion police, addiction is a syndrome that involves a compulsion to engage in behaviors caused by some sort of physiological dependency. All animals have a physiological dependency on food and that's a fact.
Continuing on with the logic, it's possible that a physiological dependency only on foods that have excess calories is plausible. If denial of such foods resulted in severe pain, possibly death. Which is the case with a heroin addiction but not, go with me here, with an "addiction" to strawberry shortcake.
Whatever the case and whatever a lack of control and discipline is called nowadays, we wish Wynonna Judd well in her endeavor to rid herself of her "need for food" disorder.
We note, with a wry smile, that as part of Judd's "rehabilitation" she was forbidden from the very foods she loves.
Back in my day we called that a diet.
Judd Tackles Food Addiction in Rehab
Country star Wynonna Judd has tackled her food addiction problems head on -
by spending 42 days in rehab.
The singer checked into the Shades of Hope clinic in Buffalo Gap, Texas, on
January 8 after realizing her constant need for food was a disorder.
Judd has since lost 30 pounds and she's now determined to live a healthier
She says, "I just didn't want to come into 2006 like I had so many years of
just being so tired. I just wasn't able to really take care of myself like I
needed to and I couldn't figure out what was wrong.
"(Going into rehab) was like going to college and learning why it is such an
addiction. I learned about myself ... why I do the things I do. We are so
distracted by so much in life. I slowed down to a pace where I could think
thoughts, feel things."
Judd admits the rehab experience was tough - she was forbidden from
snacking on the things she loves.
Is Skin From Dead Chinese Prisoners in Your Make-Up?
We're not making this up. And that Chinese cosmetics company's (un-named) spokesperson is anything but clear on whether the process of using the skin of dead prisoners for its make-up line is under research or currently part of their smashing peach blush.