Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Compulsive Eater and Sugar Addict

A long time ago I came to the realisation that I was a sugar addict and compulsive overeater. This realisation did not come overnight. It took years to understand myself and my relationship with food.

I was a pretty normal eater and average sized kid up until the age of 8, but around 8 I developed an abnormal and unconscious relationship with food. Abnormal because I used food particularly sugary foods not just to fuel my body’s functions but to comfort, nurture and protect myself. Unconscious because for a long time I didn’t understand that that was what I was doing.

I have lived in Barbados, France, the USA and Britain and though these are very different societies in many ways, two of the things they have in common regarding obesity is their lack of understanding of many of the psycho-social issues that create obesity and their assumption that overweight or obese people are simply greedy, lack willpower, don’t care about ourselves, have not pride, are lazy, stupid etc. and therefore can be ridiculed subtly or overtly and generally discriminated against.

I’m not a doctor, dietician, psychiatrist or psychologist and I don’t pretend to know everything about obesity. What I do know from my own experience however, is that obesity is a symptom and the most successful way to treat it is to identify and address its root cause(s).

Thanks to Sweet Potato Pie for affording me a space for this weekly post sharing my history as a compulsive eater and sugar addict, and my journey to living a healthier life.

4 comments:

t.s. johnson said...

Woo Hoo!

(Thunderous Applause)

Great first post!

:-)

Tracy said...

Excellent post Nona! I am looking forward to hearing your take on this subject...

Plain and simple, sugar is a DRUG. I could never understand why, even tho it made me feel, look and sometimes act awful, I needed to have my fix every day! And not just one fix, I was up to six sodas, and several candy bars a day, plus whatever treats were in the breakroom!

Question: Did you ever feel that while you were binging on sugar and food, that you were trying to come to some "comfort point" or "high"? And that it was taking more and more food to get there?


Cya!

Fee, Felix said...

I'm sharing the battle with you Nona...it's admirable for you to be open and blog your thoughts...it is greatly appreciated...I too look forward to more of your posts.

Nona said...

Wow!!! Thanks guys!!! Yes Tracy, exactly how I would describe it. I will definitely write more about that in one of my posts.