I have been talking to friends and colleagues over the last few weeks about launching an awareness campaign about the feelings underneath eating disorders. It has been really encouraging the number of people who feel strongly that obesity, which is a serious problem in our society today. Last night I was blown away by nine-year-old Martha Payne who has raised not only awareness of the state of school meals but has raised £119,482.10 through Mary’s Meals Charity http://www.justgiving.com/neverseconds to help feed school children in 16 countries.
Essentially, what really inspired me was that Martha did not sit around creating ‘Vision statements’ or a project plan and setting out goals and wondering who would join her campaign. Martha just told her truth and kept telling her truth and people listened because her truth meant something to others. The government, NHS and the diet industry focus on the food to overcome obesity which can lead us further away from solving the roots of the problem. The same food and yes, a lot of it is processed and junk is available to the whole population yet the whole population is not obese. The real question is what causes people to eat in an unhealthy way?
In my experience in working with people who want to lose weight the problem is not one of giving us more information about what we eat but an inner wisdom as to why we choose to eat what we eat. I believe we are the shape and size that our subconscious mind believes we need to be and deserve to be. Protection and self-esteem are the driving forces.
The subconscious mind, is a primitive tool, its main objectives are:
- SURVIVE, survive at all costs (yes food is fundamental to achieving this)
- Stay SAFE & COMFORTABLE
It is the stay SAFE & COMFORTABLE at an emotional level which is of most interest as there is enough food and no amount of food will satisfy an emotion. This is where the journey starts.
If you have any questions just give Doreen a call on 01628 675400 or e-mail me.