Dimanche 17 octobre 2021

The GROS position and statements versus dietetic cacophony

Intervention de Bernard Waysfeld, colloque IREMAS, 2007 Summary « Diet » has a two-sided meaning, both in French and in English: ¨ one’s eating behaviour in a therapeutic perspective ¨ a conference, a meeting or a convention. On which side, then, can the cacophony take...

Who to call to find help ?

A physician or a shrink? A general practitioner, a nutritionist or a dietitian who only regards obesity as a dietary problem will only address the problem in the short term. They will obtain only short term results in the best case scenario. A psychologist or a psychiatrist who only considers the psychological aspects will also only provide partial help. People having difficulties with their weight often need psychological help, but this is not enough to modify eating behavior.

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.

Another approach for obesity

We eat too much compared to our needs because we do not listen to the signals sent by our body. The incapacity to perceive or take into account nutritional feelings characteristic of physiological needs is a significant obesity factor. We cannot recognize satiation or we neglect it because we do not eat in response to hunger, but due to psychological factors.

Face food another way

Eat consciously The best food is often the most nutritious. However it is quite irrational to blame food for being nutritious. It is best to eat whatever you like and to enjoy it fully without guilt. You can thus eat meat, fish, vegetables and fruits, bread, rice and beans, but also french fries, cakes and cookies, chocolate and peanut butter. You should savor these dishes and pay attention to their flavor, their real flavor, feelings they give in the mouth, in order to enjoy them fully.

Diet Alternatives How to lose weight intelligently

Startup question : Lose a little weight, a lot, or none at all Ask yourself if losing weight is really worth it. This is not a pointless question. A lot of people try it, not many achieve it. Ask yourself what you really expect from losing weight. What will it change in your life? What if you were not happy just losing part of your overweight or what if you lost no weight at all? Except in some cases of major health problems, LOSING WEIGHT IS NEVER MANDATORY; IT IS A CHOICE.

How to fight stigmatization of obesity?

Jeffrey Sobal proposed a model to "face obesity" which is composed of four steps (Sobal 1991): Recognition. Identify and become aware of stigmatization mechanisms. Preparedness. Prepare obese people for the effects of stigmatization, enabling them to spot both the various social contexts...

Prevention and implicit stigmatization

Faced with the prominent concern about the development of obesity : Epidemiologists should sound the alarm and look for solutions to curb this phenomenon. Politicians, in response to the public's general concern, should examine this proprietary public health problem in order to legislate. MDs...

Individual dimension of stigmatization

Social rejection induces overweight persons to lose confidence in themselves. In some cases, people have been brushed aside early in their life. This has led to major eating and identity disorders. The professional who is asked to treat people suffering from their weight and from their eating...

Social dimension of stigmatization

Stigmatization was described by Erwing Goffman as a discrediting process which strikes an individual who is considered as "abnormal" or "deviant". He/she is reduced to this single characteristic in other people’s eyes. This “label” justifies a range of social discriminations and even exclusion. Stigmatized individuals then shape themselves based on these rejections by developing a self-devaluation, impairing their body image and legitimizing these negative judgments most often irreversibly.