An interesting article:
A few quotes, but by all means do read the entire article if you're interested:
"Food is a metaphor for how we deal with fear and pain. We either run, we lash out, we hide, we embrace, or we crumble. And we do those same things with food.(...)So depending on your type, you will react to stress in a predictable set of ways because you have grown accustomed to coping with certain bad habits."
"Negative habits are easy to take on when there’s a very low barrier of access. Unlike drugs and sex, food is an automatic part of life. So you are around it constantly. And it’s a major focus in society: weight, beauty and diet are everywhere. Developing these issues is tied to a lack of connection to self and to the real value of food. But it has nothing to do with food!! Your issues are tied to managing pain."
"Food issues are all tied to low self worth- it’s not about saving yourself, it’s about using yourself. Keeping yourself punished. "Step in line, self!" A way to focus on something in your control. “My body is the problem in my life.” This keeps you playing a game of dolls and not really confronting the source of anxiety that is going on in the room you're standing in. All eating disorders are a way to control the source of your pain by morphing it into something you can see. (...)
So if you didn't have a voice for your pain or have any access to understanding it growing up, you kept it in and turned it on yourself via food. Eating Disorders are tied to inescapable discomfort and trauma – they are super common in families with a lack of emotional tolerance or language for painful emotions like fear and vulnerability. If you're a sufferer, it’s likely something you got used to using in part because of your family dynamics."
"So this is set up by something very old. Has nothing to do with how much you love food. That might be your rationale, but that’s false. What compounds this cycle is your chemicals get way out of whack and you end up feeling hungrier, more desperate, more imbalanced, more tired, more hyper-vigilant."
"The imbalance is what is propelling it. Forever. Until you choose to reconnect to your innate balance, over this reactive state. The solution is choosing to come back into your body and listen to it once again. Which, I know- is quite terrifying: like a house you grew up in, that is probably haunted and unsafe. But - the balance comes back to you."
I like the article and the way it was written but I should add that I have doubts about her 'tool nr. 3' a suggestion to replace the addiction by diving into nutritional info. That is very wrong in my eyes as it can easily fuel an eating disorder.
One can go from having Binge Eating Disorder to Bulimic to Anorexic and to Orthorexic.
To focus on nutrition as a way to overcome emotional eating to me is like pouring oil on a fire.
Apart from that I thought the article was very well written and interesting.