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Finding the Root Cause of Overeating

What causes so many people to overeat to the point of damaging their bodies and limiting their quality and length of life?

Most adults are aware that the calories they consume minus the calories they burn dictates whether pounds are gained,

4 thoughts on “Finding the Root Cause of Overeating

  • June 20, 2018 at 6:56 am

    This, for me, is why it is so difficult to eat out at restaurants with friends. Chatting, drinking and the whole atmosphere tricks you into being less aware of what you are eating. I have a friend who is always trying to get me to join the “group” for a fish fry or BBQ at some new place he has discovered. First, I am rather much of an introvert but aside from that I have been on a keto diet, lost 28 lbs now and don’t want to backslide. He is always saying that he needs to loose weight (he does) but then goes on 800 calorie restrictive cuts. Then he’ll go and eat just crap stuff until the next fasting. Not good, doesn’t work for me.
    Then there is my mother who raised me to “clean my plate” but if I gain she is on my back. “I only say something because I care…” Sigh…overeating IS complex and not just “willpower” as many claim.

  • June 20, 2018 at 1:44 pm

    I’m surprised the author mentioned nothing about psychology. How about ,people overeat because they are trying to sooth themselves over feelings of unlovability , unworthiness, emptiness, etc. It’s necessary to increase present moment awareness when sitting down to eat and decide if they are eating because they are hungry or if they are experiencing some to these uncomfortable , sometimes unconscious emotions.

  • June 20, 2018 at 10:18 pm

    Eating is closely related to the production of Dopamine-the” feel good” enzyme–so I am pretty sure it must have psychological components-J.Later([email protected])

  • June 29, 2018 at 8:09 am

    You forgot a VERY important topic…EATING DISORDERS! Usually the reason a person overeats is due to RESTRICTION. The more someone restricts “forbidden foods”, the more they want them. And, all of this is directly tied to self-worth, self-compassion and wanting to feel loved. Steven Gold provided a wonderful reply. Yo-yo dieting keeps people in this “mode”. It is a PROVEN FACT that dieting leads to more weight gain…diets don’t work. All they do is put your body in starvation mode and lower metabolism which affects all parts of mind and body.


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