If you’ve ever used food to soothe emotion, you’re in good company. Food does work (temporarily) at easing an emotional hurt or pain. Dopamine (a feel-good chemical) gets released in the brain when eating certain foods, providing you with a very real emotional relief. Unfortunately, if you are eating when your body is not hungry (or restricting when your body is indeed hungry), that good feeling may be very short lived (ex. guilt, shame, physical discomfort).
I work with women of all shapes, sizes, ages and backgrounds. Some women have been “overweight” their entire lives. Other have gone through considerable (and in some cases perpetual) fluctuations in their size. And others have been, by any objective measurement, “thin” or “fit” for all or most of their lives. So, obviously, these different types of women all have dramatically different “issues” when it comes to food, fitness, and body image, right? Well, maybe that is not necessarily the case.