Why we Overeat
Many of us are preoccupied with food, spending much of our day planning what we’re going to eat, what we’re not going to eat, coming up with strategies for avoiding temptation, giving in to temptation, feeling bad about it, resolving not to do it again, only to reach for yet another slice of pizza or piece of candy to assuage our guilt. And so it goes on.
It can be argued that eating is driven by many stimuli, only one of which is hunger, a sensation that we no longer instinctively recognize. We need to engage in a healthy relationship with food, where we can feel at peace with eating. It’s not about being good, it’s about feeling good.
A different approach to overeating is that it is stimulated by the food industry. Processed foods, which maximize the combination of sugar, fat and salt to the point of irresistibility, trick our brains into eating well beyond the point at which we should feel physically full or satisfied. Even the most innocuous of foods can be manipulated to deliver these appetite-stimulating ingredients. Take the humble lettuce leaf, which serves as a “vehicle” for a sugar, fat and salt combination in bottled salad dressing, or acts as a layer in a hamburger or a sandwich.
Whatever the cause is for overeating at the end of the day it is up to you to make the decision to stop the habit and do whatever it takes to achieve this.