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The Dr. Carolyn Coker Ross Show: Binge Eating Disorder, Stress Eating, Emotional Eating, Food Addiction

Sep 28, 2020

Many of the people I work with - whether it be with anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder, food addiction, or emotional eating - see their bodies as separate from their lives (and never the twain shall meet).  Like the separation of church and state. They don't realize that negative body image is often directly related to what's happening in their lives or what has happened in their lives.  

In this episode, you will learn:

  • Why I say “fat is not a feeling.”
  • Why the size of your body is not the REAL problem.
  • Why fixing your body won’t fix your life.

"Fixing your body won't fix your life."


1.  List situations in your life that are stressful.  Some examples might include:
     - loneliness 
     - dissatisfaction at work
     - relationship issues (relationship with parents, siblings, partner/spouse, friends)
     - parenting concerns and fears
     - financial
     - other - add in any other stressful situations in your life right now
2.  For each of these situations, make a list of behaviors you have around food that you are recognizing are a response to these life stressors.  For example, I was laid off from work and have been worried about finding another job.  Looking back, I've noticed that I've been eating lots of junk food "because it's cheaper" but really because of wanting to be comforted.  
3.  List 1 statement (affirmation) you can say to yourself the next time you "feel fat."  For example, I can ask myself "what are you really feeling?"  or I can remind myself that I can use another skill to deal with stress rather than food or body hatred.

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