Originally Posted by Brutus the Pimp
Why isn't it a true addiction? An addiction is an obsession or compulsion that consumes our behavior. It doesn't matter what kind of addiction is... if it's something we let consume us, it's an addiction.
And actually studies have shown that in fact many addictions (including television) alter brain patterns and dependencies. Chemicals of the brain are in fact altered by patterned behavior. So the reality is every addiction is something that affects our psyche.
So actually, no, overeaters, television watchers, (fill in the addiction here) are just as much 'addicts' as anyone else. But like every other addict, they are capable of overcoming their addiction if they apply themselves.
Altering chemicals in your brain, which as you said, is done every day by everyone, is completely different from having a necessary chemical in your brain destroyed, with no ability to create it anymore.
This is why one can be cured and the other not.
BTW, impressive debating skills here. This is a tough view to defend, and you're doing a bang up job. Still wrong, but impressive nonetheless