A new study by New Atkins Nutritional found that out of 2,000 women, 55% felt depressed because they wanted to be slimmer, while three quarters felt guilty about their eating habits.
In a society which seems to worship the size zero frame, it’s no wonder so many UK women see food as the ultimate enemy.
Paul White, chairman of the National Council for Hypnotherapy, believes negative thoughts about food can be blamed in part for the nation’s weight gain.
People enter into a destructive cycle of eating, feeling guilty and then eating even more to alleviate the stress of guilt. According to the Atkins Nutritional study, more than three quarters of women think about food regularly throughout the day and always feel guilty about what and how much they eat.
As the pressure to lose weight mounts from all sides – from both the government, the media and even from our peers, food and eating has slowly been pushed underground. In a way it’s as if cake is the new cocaine and doughnuts the new dope … as extreme as it sounds, food is fast becoming the ultimate taboo.
Mr White, who specialises in hypnotherapy for weight control and addiction, believes that if women are to break this destructive cycle, they must first learn to think differently about food: “Most people try to lose weight consciously, which can be difficult, but when you do it subconsciously it is a lot easier.”
If people can fight the impulse to see food in terms of fat and body image, they can learn to replace binging with healthy eating. Hypnotherapy is thought to be an effective tool for replacing negative thoughts with positive ones. By taking away these thoughts, bad behaviours can be changed.
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