I am looking for a single word for a person who gets addicted to a specific food item for a while, and then moves on to other, but is usually binge eating some specific food or the other. Example - My roommate got addicted to some chocolate and got one or two every day for a week, then she left it and got addicted to soup and kept drinking soup instead of breakfast or lunch, three to six packets in a day.

  • They have an addictive personality?
    – AndyT
    Feb 7 '17 at 11:22
  • A plain serial eater, perhaps? :)
    – Lawrence
    Feb 7 '17 at 14:41

Perhaps you may dare mint a neologism with the suffix "-aholic".

In "workaholic" it apparently worked out pretty well but I'm not sure how a word like "chocolateaholic" would be welcomed.

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    It's usually formed as "chocoholic", actually. :-)
    – Hellion
    Feb 7 '17 at 14:50
  • So now I finally know what I really am :-)
    – user218421
    Feb 8 '17 at 14:25

Colloquially, this is called a fetish.

I have a cheeseburger fetish right now.

However, even though fetish has a medical [psychiatric, sexual perversion] definition, the medical definition is rarely used in common American speech, unless speaking specifically of the sexual disorder.

So if you want addicted to indicate a medical problem rather than an eccentricity, it might be better to use the suffix -philia.

I have "cheeseburger- philia". I'm gaining weight like you wouldn't believe.

Still, this would be an absurdity.

  • Fetish is a standalone word. I was not sure whether a specific word for "food fetish" exists or not. Your answer is helpful though. Thanks! :)
    – Krutika
    Aug 15 '18 at 7:35

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