Jeudi 25 avril 2019

Progress on the psychological front

Eating response to a non-eating problem:

  • Over consumption of food is most often a defense mechanism against various psychological difficulties.
  • For example, over-eating anesthetizes and prevents us from having unpleasant thoughts or emotions which we do not want to face.
  • We end up eating in order to avoid being weighted down by amorous and professional failures, anxiety about the next day, guilt feelings, anger, hate, frustrations, and a number of dissatisfactions.
  • We hang on to these difficulties regarding our weight and our eating like we hang on to a familiar demon who presence is painful on the one hand, but protects us from other demons, supposedly worse demons, on the other hand.
  • To achieve losing weight permanently, people should resolve these different problems, otherwise, they will not manage to diminish their food consumption and put a stop to their compulsive behavior.
  • A psychological approach must be considered from the beginning in the treatment of eating disorders.

Some classical situations that can lead to overeating:

  • I feel an unbearable hunger, a feeling of faintness. If I do not eat now, I'll faint.
  • I know the food I like is nearby.
  • I have some work to do and I need to eat to be able to concentrate.
  • Something has upset me and I eat to forget about it.
  • Strong emotions, whether they are happy or sad ones, make me eat.
  • I eat to fight my anxiety or a general feeling of uneasiness.
  • I eat when I feel bored or empty.
  • I eat when I feel dissatisfied with who I am and with my life is in general.
  • I eat to punish myself.
  • I eat to please people, to not offend someone who offers me food, to go along with the flow.
  • I eat to rebel, when I suffer from too many constraints.
  • I eat to oppose somebody (my spouse, my parent, my doctor) who would want me to lose weight and who watches over what I eat.
  • Dernière mise à jour: 19/11/15 16:53
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