We need to talk about emotions

  •  April 15, 2021

We need to talk about emotions

Campaigns that dictate eating better and exercising may not be effective. This is because the reason we get fat often is different. We need to open dialogue (and the heart) on the emotional side of the issue.

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Genetics, gluttony, addiction.

Of all the reasons, recent study reveals that behind the obesity epidemic affecting Australia is emotional appetite.

The numbers are frightening, as the cause is said to cause obesity in no less than 83% of cases in that country.

The blame pointed out are the cases of depression and stress in overweight or obese adults.

Under these conditions the damage can be even worse.

That's because over 90% of Australian women who have weight problems eat for comfort - among men, 86%.

Even though it is not a diagnosable mental health condition, we know that overweight people are more likely to have certain hormones released in the body, such as cortisone.

It is this hormonal imbalance that leads them to favor foods high in fat and sugar.

Stress hormones also promote the formation of fat cells, which give the body more room to store fat.

Of course this leads to increased weight gain, which keeps people within a vicious circle of obesity.

The problem is that Australia's anti-obesity campaigns focus on encouraging people to eat less and increase exercise.

We can say that the same pattern is repeated here.

Experts ensure that the main message of these campaigns is too simplistic, which I fully agree with.

Health professionals need to get out of Manichaeism and seek to exercise dialogue by touching the most sensitive points of the issue.

Don't neglect your emotions. Express them — constructively! | Artūrs Miksons | TEDxRiga (April 2021)