Food and fatness

Trials and tribulations of an emotional eater (manifested as a big fat fatty).

  • Food and fatness

    Obesity and health warnings – why aren’t they enough?

    I think on some level none of us really believe that we are going to die. This certainly isn’t my uppermost thought when I shovel another heavily-laden spoonful of Ben and Jerry’s cookie dough ice cream into my big fat gob; the connection between this unnecessary heap of calories and a possibly early expiry date is somehow lost or denied to the point of non-existence, despite the many warnings we all receive via the papers or social media. I can read an article about how being obese shaves years off your life, or how a significant proportion of deaths are a direct consequence of a poor diet, but somehow it…

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    Food as a form of…

    Self-harm I’ve started to wonder if consuming this type of ‘meal’ almost daily is a form of self-harm, a way of punishing myself for pushing my body into obesity by, paradoxically, making it even more obese and thus confirming its grotesqueness. I don’t wish to diminish the more traditional experiences of self-harm, but I can see similarities between inflicting a physical wound and frequently ingesting large quantities of unhealthy food in an almost manic way. First there is the restlessness and persistent thoughts of committing the act which you battle against constantly; this is followed by the unstoppable urge to perform the act or else you will disappear into a…

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    Emotional eating alert

    I am an emotional eater, an overeater, a binge eater, food addict and general greedy guts. Morbidly obese (I might actually be super morbidly obese which is quite something) at 5ft 2ins and a size 24, I can’t even see myself anymore. But I think that is the aim actually, to be invisible, which seems ironic given how much space I now take up. I’ve written about my half-hearted attempt to lose weight in my previous blog, Finally Stuffed, and detailed my struggle to overcome emotional eating (which predictably ended in no actual action on my part to make the weight loss occur). What is emotional eating? For me, emotional…