We think that the cause of our issues with food is the actual food.
We think we are either food addicts – or orthorexics – or binge eaters – or compulsive – or have no will power, etc, etc, etc.
That’s not the cause of any of it.
The root of our food issues is actually body issues.
The root is actually our belief that our body is wrong and ugly and needs to be changed.
And the root of our body issues – for the most part – is cultural.
What have we learned about our bodies from the media, advertising campaigns, a 20 billion dollar diet industry, and a biased health care system that is very often funded by drug and diet companies? What have those deeply ingrained systems, that count on your insecurity in order to profit, what have they taught your mothers and grandmothers? What have they taught your friends? What have your grandmothers and mothers and friends and doctors taught you?
We are taught to be deeply fat-phobic – and based on lots of fear mongering and fallacies.
Most of us don’t even know we are fat-phobic – it just is. It feels like a fact that weight and fat is bad and ugly.
It is not a fact. It is learned, and it needs to be unlearned.
Ideally we unlearn it as a society, but that starts with us, individually.
This is why trying to heal your food issues without tackling your extreme feelings about your body will fall short. You must change the way you see weight, fat, and beauty, or you will be stuck in an insecure hell with funky and reactive eating for the rest of your life.
You can’t completely heal your food issues without becoming body positive, and healing your body image.
That is what is underneath the food stuff: Body Stuff. Cultural Body Stuff.
Our moms and grandmoms and friends know not what they do, but we have to be the ones to stop it.