At a subconscious level we can eat to distract ourselves from emotions we wish to avoid. Boredom, anger, loneliness, etc. When our motivator is to avoid pain or get instant gratification (which it often is for we either move from pain or towards pleasure) these become our survival tactics. Other distracters which may become addictions, can be alcohol, gambling, drugs, porn or workaholic. Also as a child we may have learnt to eat as a reward, usually sweets, chocolate, cakes, fast food etc.
The problem is that while at a conscious level we know to eat less and exercise more to lose weight , there is a subconscious message running with a sabotage program. It is deep rooted with beliefs and emotions attached to events, which keep us in auto mode repeating the old patterns of “safe” behaviour.
When parents appear to solve their problems by eating or not eating, children simply copy, believing it is what one does to survive.
It simply doesn’t help that we have so much access to food with high empty calories, for as humans we take the road of least resistance for our survival.
Our body is the size it is because the subconscious mind believes it needs to be this size, be that overweight to protect ourselves (fight) or underweight to escape or be invisible (flight).
In order for long term change to occur the transformation needs to take place from the inside out, where we change our perception and self-esteem, our beliefs and emotional response and hence behaviour to our environment.
I’m not saying all overweight is due to emotional eating however it has a roll to play in the big picture. Failure to address emotional matters will only allow the continued cycle of YO YO diets and possible depression, leading to another generation of obesity.
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