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    And do you understand overeating is not healthy?

    Overeating refers to eating more calories than your body uses for energy. People sometimes overeat for emotional or psychological reasons, such as boredom, anxiety, depression, or stress.

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  • #2
    Originally posted by S Landreth View Post
    Overeating refers to eating more calories than your body uses for energy. People sometimes overeat for emotional or psychological reasons, such as boredom, anxiety, depression, or stress.

    How to Curb Emotional Eating During the COVID-19 Pandemic

    Is stress about the coronavirus affecting your eating?

    When a stressful situation of this magnitude arises, people often experience substantial changes to their eating behaviors (CDC, 2020). Generally described as emotional or stress eating, we often start to eat (or not eat) in a conscious or unconscious effort to suppress or soothe negative emotions (Mayo Clinic). These emotionally-based changes in eating behavior range from overeating to binge eating to severe caloric restriction (Epel, Laipdus, McEwen, & Brownell, 2001).

    The truth is there are many psychological and biological reasons that we eat when we feel stressed. Eating can decrease negative emotions in some individuals (e.g., Lavendar et al., 2016). For example, in individuals with more clinically-elevated eating issues, some research suggests that negative affect predicts binge-eating behavior, which in turn can reduce negative emotions (Lavendar et al., 2016).:

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    • #3
      Most fat is because eat too mut. This is an awkward fact, to the sort of fat people that don't like being called fat. Fat chance.

      There are of course other reasons too, which I do not discount. But mostly, fat is a choice. A bit more exercise does no harm either.


      • #4
        I am not fat.
        “Don’t get sick of me just yet, for I will be here for quite a while”


        • #5
          I am not American.

          There's got to be something in their diet.
          I visited TC a few times as a guest but had to stop. It is a sickening place. - Aging One


          • #6
            Originally posted by lamphun View Post
            I am not American.

            There's got to be something in their diet.
            1. HFCs came into the food supply in 1975. Obesity started its rise since then. A correlation that I think is significant.

   a sugar that is in so many foods. It's in other nations' food supply also.

            2. The hormone leptin was discovered in 1997. Obese people have a problem with leptin (it tells the body when it's full).

            Many other reasons that I can't be arsed to write at the moment.
            LWO Community strong!


            • #7
              Originally posted by sabang View Post
              There are of course other reasons too, which I do not discount. But mostly, fat is a choice.
              Big bones?
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              • #8
                Get a life.

                How to Stop Overeating When You're Bored

                If you feel driven to eat when you're bored I have important news for you: Boredom may not be the experience of having nothing to do, but rather of actively suppressing your life's purpose!

                It's better to think of boredom as the pain of unused potential. We don't get bored because we lack stimulation, goodness knows there's more than enough of that to go around in today's world. Instead, boredom appears to be a distraction from the self-reflective state. It's what you experience when part of you wants to deeply search your soul for purpose and meaning, but another part is terrified of doing so. Rather than face that fear we turn to toxic-pleasure. We overeat one of those all-too-tasty bags, boxes, or containers the food industry provides.

                See, if you knew your life's purpose, every moment would be precious. Every last one. You'd be making phone calls, writing notes for your book, organizing projects, gathering people around you to move things forward and contribute to the world in the way you most wanted, even if that purpose were "only" to be a better parent, spouse, artist, etc. (There's nothing that says professional pursuits are more valuable.)

                In my experience with hundreds of clients, feeling bored is actually a good sign. It means you're pushing through to find your life's purpose, which often sits on the far side of boredom, waiting for you, beckoning.

                So when you feel that inner part of you compelling you to escape boredom because it's intolerable, tell it to be quiet because you're fed up with letting it keep you from deeper meaning and direction. Get sick and tired of allowing it to make you live a smaller life than you deserve! Sit with the boredom. See what comes. What should you be doing, saying, or being that you aren't now? Who should you be connecting with that, to this point, you've neglected? Where should you be going?

                Boredom is wonderful! Embrace it. Walk through it. You just might find yourself on the other side. Scout's honor! You don't have to believe me, you only need to try it. After all, what if I'm right?:

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                • #9
                  Get over it.
                  • The Link Between Binge Eating and Depression

                  If you binge eat, you might feel depressed about your food habits. Or perhaps those feelings make you eat more. Either way, you can get better.

                  When someone's depressed and they binge eat, it can be hard to know if one condition causes the other or if they're unrelated. It's common for people to get depressed after a binge.

                  The good news is that there are treatments for both conditions. Sometimes, therapy for depression helps someone stop overeating.

                  Quick Facts

                  *About half of the people who binge eat have a mood disorder such as depression.

                  *Some people binge in an attempt to numb sad, hopeless feelings.

                  *Many of those who binge eat and aren't currently depressed have a history of depression.

                  *Also, you might be born with a risk for both conditions. The same genes involved in depression may play a role in eating and anxiety disorders, says Cynthia Bulik, PhD. She's a distinguished professor of eating disorders at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

                  Find Help

                  "At the very least, you need a good professional evaluation," says Russell Marx, MD. He's the chief science officer for the National Eating Disorder Association.

                  *Your primary care doctor is a good place to start, although she might not have a lot of experience treating depression or eating disorders.

                  *You'll likely also need to see a psychiatrist, a psychologist, or a clinical social worker.

                  *Working with a dietitian might also help.

                  *Not every mental health professional has experience treating eating disorders. All who are well-trained, though, should at least be able to diagnose you and, if necessary, refer you elsewhere, says Marx.

                  Visit the National Eating Disorders Association online or call 800-931-2237 to find an expert in your area.

                  "For mild to moderate depression, CBT is probably as good as medication," Brewerton says.


                  Your doctor might prescribe medication if you have binge eating disorder and depression. Some of the medicines used are:

                  *Antidepressants : These drugs target certain chemicals in the brain to help boost your mood. These same chemicals " are involved in appetite and [feeling full], as well as the regulation of mood," Brewerton says.

                  *Stimulants: These medicines boost energy and focus, which could help ease depression symptoms. Lisdexamfetamine dimesylate (Vyvanse) is a stimulant approved for treating binge eating disorder. Studies show it helps control impulsive behavior that can lead to binge eating.:

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                  • #10
                    I've gained two kilos in six weeks due to various lockdown measures (little outdoor exercise, closed gym and swimming pool).

                    73 kilos now, so mostly fish and vegetables for the rest of this month.


                    • #11
                      A twitter page dedicated to you Morbidly Obese posters/viewers and what some people think of your obsession (food).


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                      • #12
                        For clarity

                        How is BMI calculated?

                        BMI is calculated the same way for both adults and children. The calculation is based on the following formulas:
                        Formula: weight (kg) / [height (m)]2
                        With the metric system, the formula for BMI is weight in kilograms divided by height in meters squared.

                        Example: Weight = 68 kg, Height = 165 cm (1.65 m)
                        Calculation: 68 Ă· (1.65)2 = 24.98
                        I visited TC a few times as a guest but had to stop. It is a sickening place. - Aging One


                        • #13

                          Better chances they don’t grown up to be fat bastards


                          As a parent, you are the most important influence on your child. You can do many things to help your child develop healthy eating habits for life.

                          Start healthy eating habits by introducing your child to a variety of foods. Children need nutrients from a variety of food groups to support their growing bodies and minds. They are more likely to try new foods, and to like more foods, if they are exposed at an early age.

                          But don’t stop there. Here are some additional tips to get your child on a path to a lifetime of healthy habits.

                          1 - Lead by example. Let your child see you indulge in fruits and vegetables at meals and snacks.
                          2 - Go grocery shopping together. Use a trip to the grocery store to teach your child about food and nutrition. Discuss where foods come from and let them add their own healthy choices to your cart.
                          3 - Be creative in the kitchen and let your child help. Cut fruits into fun shapes with cookie cutters. Try a simple, healthy recipe like a trail mix with dry whole-grain cereals, nuts and dried fruits. And name a food your child helps make, like “Sarah’s zucchini noodles!”
                          4 - Prepare one meal for all. Avoid becoming a short order cook by accommodating different preferences or pickiness. This will expose your child to new foods and help to avert a picky eater. Plus, it is easier and cheaper to serve one meal to everyone in your family.
                          5 - Reward your child with a fun activity, not food. Celebrate with activities, such as a trip to the pool, a bike ride or family hike. When you use candy or dessert, especially as a reward, your child might think of those foods as better options.
                          6 - Eat dinner at a table and focus on each other. Pleasant topics at mealtime will help make dinner that much more enjoyable.
                          7 - Limit screen time. TV viewing has a direct correlation to obesity. Aim for less than two hours of TV per day.
                          8 - Listen to your child. If they are hungry, serve fruits or vegetables as between-meal snacks.
                          9 - Encourage physical activity. Play with your child and encourage outside activities. And, be an example. Research shows that children of parents who exercise are more likely to exercise as they grow up. Be sure to use safety gear such as bike helmets or other sport- specific gear.
                          10 - Don’t force it. Offer one new food at a time. Serve something your child likes along with the new food. Avoid lecturing or forcing your child to eat.

                          Cook together, eat together, talk together and make mealtime family time!:
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                          • #14
                            OK so you’re a little late with the kids and their eating habits. Time to work with them during their teen years.

                            4 Bad Food Habits Teens Have and How to Fix Them

                            Skipping Breakfast

                            According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, as many as 20% to 30% of teens do not eat breakfast on a regular basis.1 Eating breakfast can upstart your teen's metabolism, which helps with weight control, mood, and school performance.

                            Parents can play a big role and try to change this behavior. You can ensure that your teen eats a healthy breakfast by making the foods readily accessible to him. Make it a part of your routine to put breakfast on the table and sit with your teen while you both enjoy a healthy breakfast. Or, if time is a problem, look for quick and healthy breakfast options that are perfect for on-the-go meals.

                            Eating Too Much From the "Other" Food Group

                            In the food pyramid, the "other" food group is the smallest section at the top. It is filled with foods that are supposed to be the least amount of servings in a daily diet. This category includes foods teens tend to gravitate towards, including high fat and calorie-laden snack foods. Quite often, eating too much from this food group doesn't allow enough healthy foods into their diet.

                            Help your teen break this habit by having fruits and healthy snacks available. Try to avoid having too many high fat and calorie snacks in the kitchen as well. It is easier to grab a bag of chips than it is to pick up fruit that needs to be washed and peeled. Yet, if fewer or those "other" foods are around and you set a good example for your own snack choices, your teen can eventually change their ways, too.

                            Dining Out Often

                            Teens hit fast food restaurants much more often than they did when they were younger. This is often because their school, sports, and work schedules overlap with regular meal times.

                            To circumvent this bad habit, talk to your teen about only eating fast food once a week. Then make dinner and healthy food available to her when she has the time. This is as easy as fixing an extra plate and allowing her to heat it up when she gets home from sports practice or whatever activity she enjoys.

                            Drinking Soft Drinks

                            A study looking at American youths aged 6 to 17 found an increase in the prevalence of soft drink consumption from 37 percent in 1978 to 56 percent in 1998. Though these number declined between 2000 and 2010, sugary beverages remain a favorite among teens. They are also one of the primary causes of obesity and are certainly not the healthiest beverage choice your teen can make.

                            You can help your teen choose a healthier drink by having fruit juice and water available and not buying soda. You can also try to keep fruit-flavored carbonated water on hand. These are a low-sugar alternative that still offers a hint of flavor and sweetness and teens really enjoy them once they give it a chance.

                            A Word From Verywell

                            One common denominator for getting teens to eat healthier and avoid these bad food habits is your active role in providing healthy foods. If you can get in the habit of making these foods more readily available to your teen, you will see a change in their eating habits. You can also set an example for your own food choices. In the end, your entire family can enjoy eating healthier.:

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                            • #15
                              Don’t be lazy. Cook your meals.
                              • The Effects of Fast Food on the Body

                              Popularity of fast food

                              Swinging through the drive-thru or hopping into your favorite fast-food restaurant tends to happen more often than some would like to admit.

                              According to the Food Institute’s analysis of data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, millennials alone spend 45 percent of their budget’s food dollars on eating out.

                              In comparison to 40 years ago, the average American family now spends half their food budget on restaurant food. In 1977, just under 38 percent of family food budgets were spent eating outside the home.

                              While an occasional night of fast food won’t hurt, a habit of eating out could be doing a number on your health. Read on to learn the effects of fast food on your body.

                              Effect on the digestive and cardiovascular systems

                              Most fast food, including drinks and sides, are loaded with carbohydrates with little to no fiber.

                              When your digestive system breaks down these foods, the carbs are released as glucose (sugar) into your bloodstream. As a result, your blood sugar increases.

                              Your pancreas responds to the surge in glucose by releasing insulin. Insulin transports sugar throughout your body to cells that need it for energy. As your body uses or stores the sugar, your blood sugar returns to normal.

                              This blood sugar process is highly regulated by your body, and as long as you’re healthy, your organs can properly handle these sugar spikes.

                              But frequently eating high amounts of carbs can lead to repeated spikes in your blood sugar.

                              Over time, these insulin spikes may cause your body’s normal insulin response to falter. This increases your risk for insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes, and weight gain.

                              Sugar and fat

                              Many fast-food meals have added sugar. Not only does that mean extra calories, but also little nutrition. The American Heart Association (AHA) suggests only eating 100 to 150 calories of added sugar per day. That’s about six to nine teaspoons.

                              Many fast-food drinks alone hold well over 12 ounces. A 12-ounce can of soda contains 8 teaspoons of sugar. That equals 140 calories, 39 grams of sugar, and nothing else.

                              Trans fat is manufactured fat created during food processing. It’s commonly found in:

                              fried pies
                              pizza dough

                              No amount of trans fat is good or healthy. Eating foods that contain it can increase your LDL (bad cholesterol), lower your HDL (good cholesterol), and increase your risk for type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

                              Restaurants may also compound the calorie-counting issue. In one study, people eating at restaurants they associated as “healthy” still underestimated the number of calories in their meal by 20 percent.


                              The combination of fat, sugar, and lots of sodium (salt) can make fast food tastier to some people. But diets high in sodium can lead to water retention, which is why you may feel puffy, bloated, or swollen after eating fast food.

                              A diet high in sodium is also dangerous for people with blood pressure conditions. Sodium can elevate blood pressure and put stress on your heart and cardiovascular system.

                              According to one study, about 90 percent of adults underestimate how much sodium is in their fast-food meals.

                              The study surveyed 993 adults and found that their guesses were six times lower than the actual number (1,292 milligrams). This means sodium estimates were off by more than 1,000 mg.

                              Keep in mind that the AHA recommends adults eat no more than 2,300 milligrams of sodium per day. One fast-food meal could have half your day’s worth.

                              Effect on the respiratory system

                              Excess calories from fast-food meals can cause weight gain. This may lead toward obesity.

                              Obesity increases your risk for respiratory problems, including asthma and shortness of breath.

                              The extra pounds can put pressure on your heart and lungs and symptoms may show up even with little exertion. You may notice difficulty breathing when you’re walking, climbing stairs, or exercising.

                              For children, the risk of respiratory problems is especially clear. One study found that children who eat fast food at least three times a week are more likely to develop asthma.

                              Effect on the central nervous system

                              Fast food may satisfy hunger in the short term, but long-term results are less positive.

                              People who eat fast food and processed pastries are 51 percent more likely to develop depression than people who don’t eat those foods or eat very few of them.

                              Effect on the reproductive system

                              The ingredients in junk food and fast food may have an impact on your fertility.

                              One study found that processed food contains phthalates. Phthalates are chemicals that can interrupt how hormones act in your body. Exposure to high levels of these chemicals could lead to reproductive issues, including birth defects.

                              Effect on the integumentary system (skin, hair, nails)

                              The foods you eat may impact your skin’s appearance, but it might not be the foods you suspect.

                              In the past, chocolate and greasy foods like pizza have taken the blame for acne breakouts, but according to the Mayo Clinic, it’s carbohydrates. Carb-rich foods lead to blood sugar spikes, and these sudden jumps in blood sugar levels may trigger acne. Discover foods that help fight acne.

                              Children and adolescents who eat fast food at least three times a week are also more likely to develop eczema, according to one study. Eczema is a skin condition that causes irritated patches of inflamed, itchy skin.

                              Effect on the skeletal system (bones)

                              Carbs and sugar in fast food and processed food can increase acids in your mouth. These acids can break down tooth enamel. As tooth enamel disappears, bacteria can take hold, and cavities may develop.

                              Obesity can also lead to complications with bone density and muscle mass. People who are obese have a greater risk for falling and breaking bones. It’s important to keep exercising to build muscles, which support your bones, and maintain a healthy diet to minimize bone loss.

                              Effects of fast food on society

                              Today, more than 2 in 3 adults in the United States are considered overweight or obese. More than one-third of children ages 6 to 19 are also considered overweight or obese.

                              The growth of fast food in America seems to coincide with the growth of obesity in the United States. The Obesity Action Coalition (OAC) reports that the number of fast food restaurants in America has doubled since 1970. The number of obese Americans has also more than doubled.

                              Despite efforts to raise awareness and make Americans smarter consumers, one study found that the amount of calories, fat, and sodium in fast-food meals remains largely unchanged.

                              As Americans get busier and eat out more frequently, it could have adverse effects for the individual and America’s healthcare system.:

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