Hi...I'm new to your team. My latest copy of Nutrition Action (Canadian) has an interesting article titled "In Your Face--How the Food Industry Drives Us to Eat" by Kelly Brownell, a professor in the Dept.of Psyc. at Yale University. It's too long to quote but here are a few things: "...people who consider themselves food addicts, and they might be, but the more important question is whether there's enough addictive properties in some foods to keep people coming back for more and more." And: "There are pathways in the brain that get activated when we experience pleasure, and drugs of abuse like heroin hijack that system...the drugs set up the addiction by creating tolerance, so you need more over time to produce the same effect. The drugs set us up to have cravings. The same reward system is activated by foods, especially foods high in sugar." And: "We have a terrible set of defaults with food: big portions, bad marketing. These conditions produce incentives for the wrong behaviors. So if you were creating an environment from scratch, you would do the opposite of what we have. The population deserves a better set of defaults." Sorry for length. The "bottom line" for me is that instead of thinking of myself as a bad, weak, piggy person, maybe I should stop taking the heat for this. Not that I can't overcome it but to put the emphasise where it belongs and try to control my own self-marketing--to see the wrong-headedness in my attraction to sugar/fat/salt and try to retrain my brain. What do you think? All the Best, everybody!
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I think it is both emotional and physical. It's hard to separate the two once it's begun. I can't remember when or why I first turned to food for comfort but I do know that I can not remember a time when I was not dependent upon it. I am upset, or bored, or scared, or nervous and, before I know it, I have eaten a half a gallon of ice cream when I swore it would just be a spoonful. Though I say it is both emotional and physical, I also believe that it is psychological and biological as well. It has a lot to do with the manner in which we were raised, our environments, traumatic events that may have occurred beyond our control. If there was no other feasible way of combating that stress and keeping ourselves safe at the same time, for those prone to emotional eating, it was expressed through an unhealthy relationship with food. It's easy, it's assessable...who's gonna think anything odd from seeing someone grabbing a bite to eat?...but screaming our heads off in frustration will have us getting taken to the psych ward in no time. I think the fact that it is such a taboo topic and a lot of people are so eager to "ignore" it only makes matters worse. I'm not here to blame society for my disease. I am here to take control of it as much as I possibly can. What I am saying is that we are not the only factors in the creation of it. It is a viscous cycle that I am quite certain I will fall prey to time and time again throughout the rest of my life. All I want is to slowly make the time between them longer and the degree to which I binge a little less. At this point, I do it nearly every day.
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I believe it is emotional and physical. This is a good topic. Because as we get to know our bodies better, we can understand how hard it is to stop at one teaspoon of ice cream. I can, when I am not upset, but get me angry, and the whole thing is gone. I might have lost the 75 pounds and I have fallen and broken the hip and now I have no job and no money, and so it is so easy to slip into oblivion and depression, except, there are no "bigger" sizes left in my closet. So, I will combat, the over "sugar" rush of the ice cream with lots of water and exercise (can't walk outside, it hurts even with the cane)..but I can't give in to being "bigger"..either. I will find another "sweet", that I can resist better. I usually go for fruit.
Interesting topic. I think it may be different for many people. I used to think if I just knew why I had started overeating, that would put an end to my need to continue to overeat. Nope. Over many years, I thoroughly examined why I began overeating, but that knowledge hasn't helped me to STOP eating now. I think for me, part of my current binging and grazing has to do with habit -- for too many decades I have overeaten and there is a positive payoff for me. I feel the endorphins, I can sink into the oblivion of food, and it is an avoidance of hard work.
I believe it's emotional. We're trying to fill that void inside us with food. We try to fill that void with comfort foods like chocolate or sometimes something crunchy. Some people eat when they're angry, some eat when they're sad. some eat out of bordom . It all amounts having to fill that void inside of us.
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