Often times people want to blame obesity on what we as Americans eat. I would have to beg to differ with that, I personally feel the bottom line is trauma. People deal with trauma in many ways, often times they do turn to food for comfort, BUT they also turn to moping around the house, and losing focus on everything around them.
Now I am not saying depression is an excuse for obesity, however, it does play a huge role in it. For example, growing up my life sucked. When I was about 8 my 4 year old brother died in a house fire. This was the start to my depression and anxiety. The trauma of the call we received, the loss of my brother, the fact that nothing was the same afterwards.
I had been through counseling for many years, but let’s be honest, when a child suffers major trauma even counseling will not work. After my brother passed I went into a deep depression and I never found my way out of it. I turned to food as my comfort… I was still active but I was intaking more then I could burn. By the time I hit 5th grade my weight was changing for the worse.
As an adult the way I deal with stress and trauma is by laying in bed and feeling sorry for myself. Even though I am not turning to food for that comfort, I am still not moving enough to burn those calories I had put into my body.
For the past year my life has been a roller coaster out of control. I am slowly learning how to deal with things I have no control over, I am slowly learning how to have control over certain situations. This will be a long road to recover. I am down almost 13 pounds since I have changed my thinking.
I have a long way to go, but I know in time I will see a difference. I have to learn how to deal with things better so I do not see the scales climb again.
Just remember if someone in you life is obese it maynot just be from being lazy and loving food. Chances are they hold a lot of deep dark secrets that have lead them into a life of depression. Take the time to help them cope, so they can get on the road to losing weight.
You will see me open up more on The Neat Things in Life. I think in order for me to be successful in losing weight I have to learn to let go of the things in the past. They are the past after all, and well they already happened so I cannot change them. However, I can change the future. I can change how I deal with things down the road.
I need to learn not to get discouraged when the scale bounces. I have to learn not to be my worst enemy. Follow me as I change my life for the better, or die trying.