Food and Weight Are Not the ‘Problem’ – Part 1

Food and Weight Are Not the ‘Problem’ – Part 1

Food and Weight are really symptoms of underlying issues and are very big topics. Let’s just start a conversation about food and weight really not being the enemy, and trying to understand why they are symptoms of other issues . . .

Your value is not determined by what you eat, what you weigh or what you look like!

Messages are bombarding you every day, from multiple places, both overtly and covertly, making you believe that food and weight are enemies, or something that needs fixing in your life.

These messages are coming from:

  • Medical and allied health professionals;
  • Media;
  • Social media;
  • Advertising;
  • Fitness industry;
  • Diet and weight loss industry;
  • Fashion, and
  • People around you – family, friends, colleagues.

If you see food and weight as the problem or the cause of your issues, it will stop you from getting to the truth.

This approach will continue seeing you on the pain and distress train, digging yourself deeper into cycles of:

  • Yo-yo dieting;
  • Failure, and
  • Diet/Restrict and Binge.

This will keep you stuck and will never allow you to improve your relationship with food, weight or yourself.

You will only push yourself closer towards the things you don’t want:

  • Disordered Eating Behaviours;
  • Eating Disorders;
  • Negative Body-image, and
  • Self-loathing.

Food and weight are symptoms of a web of integrated life experiences, messages and beliefs.

Weight is a Symptom of…

Weight is a Symptom of...

There are many possible reasons why your weight is just a symptom of something else in your life.

Your story connected to your weight is unique to you!

So, let’s look at some of the symptoms that can underpin weight issues:

  • Distorted perception of body and weight;
  • Internal or external fat shaming and bullying;
  • Internalised messages from society about what your body should look like;
  • Trauma;
  • Needing to protect yourself;
  • Poor self-esteem and self-worth, and/or
  • Family role modelling and beliefs.

Food is a Symptom of…

Food is a symptom of

Your relationship with food evolves over time through all of your life experiences and connections with people. You hold on to some patterns from childhood and adolescence, and as an adult you continue to either solidify or create new thoughts and beliefs.

So, let’s look at some of the symptoms that can underpin food issues:

  • Learned behaviour from family or friends;
  • Happy or positive memories connected to food;
  • Using food to cope with emotions and mood;
  • Dieting and food rules;
  • Using food for punishment, rebellion or reward;
  • To fill a void in life;
  • A way to relax or help with sleep, and/or
  • A way to avoid or hide from something.

Honestly, the list is endless.

Become the Detective of Your Symptoms . . .

It’s important to understand food and weight are not the enemy!

If you truly want to create a better relationship with food and weight, you need to face the truth and finally be honest with yourself.

The next diet, challenge or quick fix solution is going to end you up further on the path to Disordered Eating, Eating Disorders, Body Dissatisfaction, Feeling like a Failure and Self-loathing!

I am encouraging you to begin to take the steps towards positively changing your relationship with food and your weight, to find balance.

This only comes with curious exploration and understanding.

If you are ready to uncover the true reasons underlying your food symptoms and think like a curious detective, then download this FREE step-by-step guide.

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