When we were young, we were taught that our bodies are perfect just the way they are. Somewhere along the way, that ideal became skewed—skewed by stick-thin runway models, too-toned-for-their-own-good celebrities and an unhealthy standard of what’s beautiful. So where does that leave us today when it comes to how we feel about our bodies?
Many women and men don’t know how to deal with this sort of pressure, especially in a culture where our worth is defined by the way we look. With that pressure, a lot of times comes emotional overeating. Do you find yourself eating when not hungry? Grazing all day long, returning to food to pick at all day? Working in an office environment, food is constantly delivered and there is usually a candy drawer/bowl within an arm’s reach. This results in a large overall number of calories consumed even if the quantities eaten at any one time are small. At the end of the day, there is guilt and shame brought on by this behaviour and can lead to additional overeating at home…which is usually worse because it can be done in secret.
Does this sound like you? Do you have a story? Do you suffer from emotional overeating and as a result have an unhealthy body image?
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