Mar 12, 2010 at 23:46:13
“I LOVE the evolution and DNA analogy made in this article. Imagine a lion in his den and having pounds and pounds of raw meat delivered to his door whenever he wants. I think he'd be overweight. Think of how ravenous this lion would be after a week of starvation!
Our ancestors had to hunt, drag, cart, carry, and hurl their food and water. With the help of an office chair on wheels, we can actually prepare, cook and eat an entire meal without even standing up! Our ancestors saw food as fuel. We don't....nowdays food satisfies much, much more.
Truthfully, the problem is that we are terribly inactive. FACTOID: The daily activity requirements of our ancestors was equivalent to a 2-mile walk! Our bodies were made to move.
On a very sad note, I do mental health clearances for people seeking bariatric surgery. I have been keeping statistics on the frequency in which these folks exercise. They don't. Of the fifty some patients I have seen for this type of clearance, only three had ever established a regular habit of exercise.
So GET MOVING!!!!
Dr. Gina is co-author of "You GROW Girl!: a self-empowering workbook for teens and tweens" and has self-published a guide about overeating called "Friendly Mirrors"”
Mar 12, 2010 at 23:22:18
“I need to commend both Ms. Roth and all of the folks that commented on her article. You all make very valid points. Eating disorders and food addictions are very complex and triggered by numerous physiological and psychological issues. Everybody's triggers and underlying issues are different.
One thing that Ms. Roth unknowingly speaks about is DBT, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy which was founded by clinical psychologist Marsha Linehan. DBT is a contemporary psychotherapy that is heavily backed by years of research supporting its effectiveness.
In Ms. Roth's article she is referring to a DBT technique called "Letting Go' which states that effective therapy helps people decide which internal experiences to pay attention to and which to ignore. When an Anorexic eats and feels fat, DBT teaches them to "Let Go" and not accept these irrational thoughts and the feelings that follow. When a food addict feels hungry after eating a full meal, they are taught to ignore this signal and chalk it up to a neurological "miss-fire". These "miss-fires" according to Linehan happen all the time, all day long, but unless you are mindful and aware, you will never appreciate the power they have over the behavioral and food choices you make.
So congratulations Ms. Roth.....your mindfulness has paid off for your readers!
Thank You for bringing awareness to Eating Disorders this week!