I often times wonder if there’s much of a difference between the addiction to cigarettes and the eating habits of many overweight people. I’m not trying to marginalize the addictive power of cigarettes, quite the opposite. Speaking from a non scientific background I’ve heard that eating food can cause an endorphin release in the brain which stimulates pleasure. How is it that this doesn’t seem to be a more popularized topic when the subject of overeating comes up? Emotional eating, stress eating, eating out of boredom, these all seem to be placeholder verbs for any addictive substance. I’m not purely speaking of overeating either, I believe it is just as easy to become addicted to poor food choices as it is quantities. The problem then with food choice is that calorically dense foods tend to require less quantity to still cause weight gain. Drinking 2 glasses of wine a night will likely not lead you to be labeled as a possible alcoholic, however 2 shots of liquor nightly might.
This sort of leads me to my main point, enabling. Rarely do you see normal non destructive people encouraging a really hard working recovering alcoholic to drink just one drink, or a former crack addict to do just a few more hits, and yet these same people will likely urge you to just have a little bit of cake, or just a few french fries, or just go out for a burger this one time. Even some comment meant to be glib such as “french fries aren’t unhealthy, they’re vegetables” seems a little bit more irresponsible if you replace it with another vice “come on that vodka is made from potatoes”. Again in this case i’m not trying to lessen the seriousness of alcoholism, but try to get some people to realize what they are doing to overweight people who are trying to “get clean” as it were. These people may think to themselves that a single hamburger isn’t going to do anything in the grand scheme of things, but to someone trying to prevent an early death due to heart disease, this can mean falling off the wagon entirely.
Current Weight: 294 Pounds