Why People Overeat
Why people overeat.
Overeating usually fills a need – or at least is viewed as doing so. The possible needs, real or imaginary, are many. Some people overeat to compensate for an unpleasant experience. Others reward themselves, or possibly for self-entertainment. Some want to be noticed. Eating is used to compensate for the lack of love, to offset fear, to overcome frustration, to deal with boredom, or sometimes even to avoid sex.
Helpful to the hypnotist are lists answering such questions as WHEN overeating usually takes place – what activity is associated with excess eating, and at what usual time of day or night WHERE the overeating is done is important – home, at parties, in restaurants, while watching television, etc. And WHY (for what purpose or to satisfy what need) is also a factor in understanding the problem.
The consideration of the above-mentioned matters leads to the establishment of three goals: To achieve the desired weight; To maintain the desired weight once it’s achieved; To adopt permanently new habit patterns that make the first two goals possible.