I am still carrying the excess baggage of 3 stones and 2lbs (in old money). I am FAT. I dont like it. There are so many worse things happening in the world yet to my selfish mind the fact I am fat is the most important issue.
Being fat adversely affects every area of my life career, personal relationships, confidence, self image.
Why am I fat? It is because I eat more than my body needs. This is a simple and a factual answer. As with most areas of life things are never that simple. There is always far more beneath the surface. I will try and examine what this is in my case.
Like most people I am trying to be a success in business and personal life. In trying to achieve this, they will always be disappointmements and failures. I suppose food is my coping strategy for these failures and disappointments. I rather scuff a cake than go for walk when under stress. That cake will give me immediate pleasure. Of course the failure will still be there till I decide to do something about it. So I scoff another cake to think about what I should do. I think you get the point I am making here- I use food for both pleasure and pain. When I achieve something I will go for a heavy meal to celebrate.
We are the fatest nation in Europe. Why? Is it because the pace of our lives. We all want to do well, have nice house, nice car, good looking partner, lovely children etc. Food is our coping strategy for our failures?
I do not think simple solutions such as eat less and move more work. There is something a lot more deeper here. I think any approach must be addressed at the emotional level rather than just the factual level. For this reason diets only do not work. Firstly there needs to be a far deeper understanding of why people eat more before coming up with any solutions. We tend to move into fix it mode before giving ourselves time to understand the root of the problems.
I hope through this blog I will begin to understand why I am fat.