There was an article in the Guardian this Saturday…
It was discussing the use of sugar, salt and fat in food to create this irresistable taste combination that produces dopamine that motivates behaviour and makes you want to eat more. It’s a good argument as to why the Western world is getting so much fatter so quickly. Food is super available, all the time, and manufactured in such a way as to be hitting your ‘bliss point’ every time and stimulating the desire to eat more.
As the author says….
‘It takes serious restraint to resist an almost overpowering urge to eat. Yet many, including doctors and healthcare professionals, still think that weight gainers merely lack willpower, or perhaps self-esteem. Few have recognised the distinctive pattern of overeating that has become widespread in the population. No one has seen loss of control as its most defining characteristic.’
He rounds up by suggesting that the way we can control our uncontrollable desire to eat by identifying and diminshing the powers that drive overeating by making restaurants include calorie counts on their menus, clear labelling and controlling food marketing. So perhaps the answer to the increase in overeating is not balling out the overeaters for lacking self-control and will power?
The authour of the article has also (surprise, surprise) written a book called The End of Overeating. A few key pointers include ‘Plan When and What You’ll Eat’, ‘Practise Portion Control’ and ‘List the Foods and Situations That You Can’t Control and then avoid them (if someone offers you something you overeat, push it away’. What if you overeat ‘food’? This sounds like a job for self-control and will power to me.
Did I miss something there?
I love this!
People don’t know their neighbours anymore, people don’t eat together anymore, lots of people live on their own, old people get neglected and lonely… It makes you wanna weep. But the Eden Project are running The Big Lunch encouraging people to get together with others on their street on July 18th 2010 for tea, cake, fun and general community love in. As they say, ‘Human Warming, Not Global Warming’.
Here’s a bit from the website….
Together we are strong
Most of us are shy, many of us lead single lives and even when we are together often go our own way. We all know about the problems in our society and don’t need to be preached at. But inside almost everyone there is a notion that, despite our differences, the ties that bind us are important.
The shared enjoyment of eating together, laughter, play, music and conversation bring us together and for all the fact that we are so fabulously different in our outlook and experience on many things, we know a simple truth – together we are strong. Wouldn’t it be great if for just one day we remind ourselves about all that is good about us and bring about a moment that ignites a spark?
It may be tricky, it may feel slightly uncomfortable to start with. It takes a bit of courage to stop being a stranger. But think of the prize – to be able to walk down the street and into the wider neighbourhood and realise how many good people there are: people who, acting together, can create a real sense of community – a word that in Latin means ‘together, in gift’.
Aaaaahhhh…… Don’t you feel inspired? I’m going to invite ma loony neighbour for a cuppa right now.