Here’s an Example of How Emotions and Eating Can Make You Unable to Lose Weight
Posted Oct 24 2012 5:00am
It was one of those days.
She braced herself for the barrage. When it came, Deana didn't know what hit her. .She was glad to
have her pills. At least they took the edge off her depression and anxiety.
She couldn’t do much on a day like this. She lived alone,
but she usually visited with friends or walked her dog. Not today. Not any day
that she was laid low, not feeling like doing much, brain dead, waiting for the
next wave of anxiety to sweep over her and make her think the worst was going
All Deana could do on days like this was eat. It didn’t
matter that she had already packed on too many pounds and she was way
overweight. She had to do something to quell her discomfort.
Deana was at a disadvantage. Not even her precious pills
helped her. If only she wasn’t such a firm believer that her depression and
anxiety came out of nowhere. This belief reaffirmed for her what her doctor had
told her when he prescribed the pills: that her depression and anxiety where
the result of a chemical imbalance.
What a difference it would make if Deana could connect her
interactions with others and the feelings these interactions engendered with
the next day’s mysterious depression and anxiety. Sounds simple, like it
wouldn’t be hard to do. But Deana had been well conditioned all her life to
believe that it was always her fault, not a fault of the other. This is what
blinded Deana and prevented her from seeing and really registering the effect
that other people—certain other people like her mother, her boyfriend, even her
good friend—had on her.
Deana does have a goal of losing some weight. She’s had this
goal for a long time. But it’s no use. She can’t really can’t get going because
she not only eats so much when she’s depressed and anxious, she also eats
too many calorie-rich foods to ward off the depression and anxiety she so
fears. Deana is going to have to address the causes of her anxiety and
depression in order to stop emotional eating; and she may need some psychological
help with this.