I personally think that food of the 21st century is cancer of the 21st century. I’ll even go as far as saying that it’s a root of (almost) all physical and emotional problems people have.
Health issues and obesity are becoming epidemic because this era is epidemic. Basically we put crap into our bodies while thinking or blindly hoping it’s food and then of course gain weight or get sick. Then we buy another crap in order to lose it or feel better, or better yet, we ask doctor for a prescription to fix health issues that arose from our bad choices in the first place, without even bothering to look back on those choices. And then we keep making the bad choices while taking that prescription. Isn’t it ridiculous? Why are we so silly that in spite of knowing what’s good and bad for us, we do it anyway and voluntarily enter this circle of ridiculousness?
Because it’s no longer about misinformation. We live in a world where everything can be found on the internet, there are tons of books, audio, video, nutritional experts and training coaches and anything you could possibly imagine. And yet it’s so simple that we wouldn’t even need any of them if we just used a common sense. The problem is not the lack of resources but perception of food and what it’s supposed to provide us. It’s the lack of nutrition we give our bodies in foods we consume, because we don’t actually eat for nutrition. We eat for pleasure. We want a reward after a bad day, or a quick fix or quick snack to our stomach so that we can keep on running in this busy world. That’s the main problem. We no longer eat because we’re hungry and because we need it for survival, at least not physical. We need it for emotional survival. That’s why it’s crucial to restore your relationship to food in general and to clarify what it means to you and how you can use it for your benefit. You can’t get healthy if you have unhealthy relationship to food, and until you make it clear as day, you’ll have difficulty dealing with health issues and your weight.
Many people struggle with obesity, with sugar addiction, with salt addiction, and live unhealthy, even though they'd like to change their lifestyle. There is a very short path from regular state to disease. Eating disorders don’t always get strictly categorized as anorexia, bulimia or binge eating; there are many other forms, and we all need to realize that most of us have a certain kind of eating disorder or use food to lessen our emotional problems or stress.
As many as 20 million females and 10 million males in the United States only will struggle with a clinically significant eating disorder at some point in their life (Hudson et al., 2007). The statistics are astonishing and truly heartbreaking. Today one in every five people suffers from an eating disorder, and this is only an estimated number based on those who come out publicly with the issue. This means that in every five people around you, one is a sufferer of eating disorder. That the person could be your sibling, your partner, your best friend or co-worker. Or is it you?
And even if you're not affected directly by this problem, it is very important to note that this is something that might at one point affect everyone. You never know when you will fall into the same trap. It may not be now but may be in a few years to come. Factors that contribute to eating disorders are a combination of psychological, biological, interpersonal and social matters. They are serious, life-threatening illnesses - not choices - and it's important to recognize the pressures, attitudes and behaviors that shape them.
That’s why this year's NEDAwareness Week 2014 (National Eating Disorders Awareness Week) - February 23 – March 1 - theme is "I Had No Idea" to help raise awareness towards the significant impact eating disorders have on individuals, families, and communities around the world.
If only one person will get to know more about this matter or one life will be saved because of your sharing, it will have a huge impact. Let’s create a positive change together by learning more about these issues.
Also, as NEDA’s Volunteer Speaker I’d like to contribute and share my story of successful recovery that’s already been helping hundreds of people suffering from eating disorder and their families. The book is called "The Most Honest Book About Eating Disorders" and it's available on Amazon. Please, remember that Help is Available, Recovery is Possible: www.nedawareness.org