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sparked by something I saw on Oprah: if you thought about it....

what is the emotional reason behind your extra weight? If you think about the extra 20 pounds around your waist (or wherever) and you concentrated on it, why do you need it? Where is the anger (or hurt) coming from? I'm still thinking.

Thu. Feb 16, 9:54am

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Personally, I think most of the psychological stuff about weight doesn't have anything to do with hurt and anger or fill in the blank. That's all just excuses. In my case, I'm just a sugary/fattening food addict!

Thursday, February 16, 2006, 10:51 AM

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I think people definitely develop a dependency on food to deal with emotional issues. Is it an excuse? Maybe not, but it's an explanation. Simply saying it's no excuse is really no help. Using the word "addict" implies there are emotional issues behind your dependency on sugar/fattening food. It may not be the same reason that other people have, but it's still there.

Thursday, February 16, 2006, 11:49 AM

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Nope, nothing emotional, just a love of sugar. LOL, actually the thing that turned my life around was reading Dr. Phil's book "The Ultimate Weight Solution"! How's that for not really buying into psychology. But he is of the "No Excuses" school. He teaches that you must set yourself up for success and not rely on willpower, but also make positive/right choices.

Thursday, February 16, 2006, 11:54 AM

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I not sure mines emotional - I tend to eat out of boredom. But, it might be emotional afterall, maybe I just can't find anything that really satisfies me more than some tasty food. Maybe something is just lacking in my life. Definately something to think about. Thanks, I'll have to think about that some more.

Thursday, February 16, 2006, 12:05 PM

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Well, I love Oprah and Dr. Phil, but...

1. I have to say that you can't use being an "addict" or "emotional issues" to give you an excuse to overeat. Having said that,
2. There's NO WAY overeating is not tied to some emotion. The human body does not physiologically require all the calories we consume in one sitting either at a party, or at dinner, or with snacks. We get "satisfied" way before we even eat a quarter of our food, yet we stuff ourselves silly. So wether it's a high we get, out of boredom, out of depression, or to celebrate, overeating is tied to emotion.
So, I say take steps to create the right environment for you to succeed, and be mindful of what and how much you eat. It's a hard habit to break, because of the big food, big portion culture we live in. But if we want to be healthy, we have to address it.

Thursday, February 16, 2006, 1:05 PM

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