Set Thine House In Order…
Eating, eating disorders, and food psychology are areas, in my opinion, where there are still many more unknowns than knowns.
Factors which can lead to the more common eating disorders are, in no particular order:
– a lack of sleep
– use of alcohol, narcotics, and stimulants
– blood sugar/insulin imbalances
– other hormone imbalances
– biological depression
– environmental depression
– a self-depreciative persona
– food selections
– social and peer behaviors
– social and peer expectations
– media habits
– parental influence
– spousal or romantic influence
Of course there are others I can’t think of off the top of my head, but my point is that the roots of eating disorders are complex, and I’ll suggest for people who live with one or more eating disorder that more than one these causes might be at play at different times, and that multiple causes might be at play much of the time.
Expecting that an eating disorder can be traced to a single cause, and that cause can be addressed with a single fix or two is wishful thinking. I say this not as a fitness trainer, but as a man who has lived with, and for the most part controlled, my binge eating tendencies through my entire adult life.
I can say that at one time or another, multiple reasons have contributed to my binge eating, and in different ways at different times.
What I have found most useful in controlling it, as odd as this may sound, is by simply being myself – the person I am deep down. When I conduct my life as I truly aspire to be – by just being true to myself, however hard that might be, I find that my eating is more streamlined, more rhythmic, and more consistent. This ideal, I suspect, might be superimposed over other behaviors and disorders which might manifest within any of us.
I am not so naïve is to suggest that simply being a moral person is enough to reverse hormone imbalances, cascading pharmaceutical conflicts, diseases or other factors which can contribute to eating disorders. I will suggest though, that living one’s life consistently with one’s values will always place that person in a better field position to receive or to accomplish anything good. Be well… rc
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