Food addiction, just like any addiction, grows from roots in so many different places, from the chemistry of our bodies to our social traditions, from private self-regard to national legislation. All of them can exert an influence on those moments when your addictive desire has appeared and demands to be satisfied.
Cultural attitudes blind us to the realities of food addiction in many ways. If we live in a world where absolutely every single thing is blue, who will notice? It could take a stranger to look from the outside and say, “How amazing, everything is blue where you live!” And we reply, “Really? Don’t think so.” We’ll call them weird, of course, and at the very least wrong.
I do wonder if all of the craziness about food and weight and diet and nutrition will ever end, and if it does, where that will be. I’ve spent, and continue to spend, a great deal of time finding my heroes in the field, those I trust and want to rely on. I’ve always regarded this as part of my job, but should I expect you, or anyone for that matter, to invest a similar amount of effort?
Who counts for you in terms of reliable nutritional information – or even weight loss advice? Your Weight Watchers leader? Newspapers, magazines, TV? Maybe your favourite YouTube expert? I’ve got a few of those.
Looking back, I can see that what I’ve done is read a great many books – beginning with Fit For Life way back in the 1980’s. I’ve followed qualified professionals (such as doctors and researchers) online, and frequently dipped into PubMed for the published papers. I look for common threads and of course for what makes sense.