1

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
1

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
0

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.

  • 2
    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

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.