This graphic image illustrates how in one generation we have swung from a World Wide focus on the starvation crisis in Ethiopia as demonstrated by Live Aid and Bob Geldolf’s demands to end poverty and death by starvation in 1985, to a World Wide focus on an obesity crisis. It is clear that comfortable living and improved lifestyle choices has not necessarily enhanced our understanding of ourselves, and it is this lack of self knowledge and holistic approach to our health and needs that has led to obesity; quote from WHO (World Health Organisation)
Controlling the global obesity epidemic the challenge at the other end of the malnutrition scale, obesity is one of today’s most blatantly visible – yet most neglected – public health problems. Paradoxically coexisting with under nutrition, an escalating global epidemic of overweight and obesity – “globesity” – is taking over many parts of the world. If immediate action is not taken, millions will suffer from an array of serious health disorders.
I am attending a nutrition course, not necessary, because there are daily articles in every newspaper on healthy eating and nutrition and the world wide web is awash with such, but merely to understand why despite all the information people still eat more than they need, leading to a health crisis?
I have a theory; but born of my own experience over eating or an eating addiction, and let’s not ignore the other end of the scale, anorexia and bulimia, has more to do with the need for deep inner emotional healing than simply a need for information overload on diets, nutrition and healthy lifestyles.
During an extremely stressful 7 year period my weight fluctuated between 7 stone and 10 stone, that is extreme by anyone’s measure. During this period I was unable to attain and maintain any kind of stability, as well as being homeless, I swung between highs and lows, which I believe is now known as “Bi-Polar Disorder.”
I eventually acknowledged that my inner emotional self was in a chaotic and unmanageable state and that if I was ever to heal and recover stability I needed to take stock of the whole of my life, addressing my work, relationships and lifestyle. Because I was already a Holistical Practitioner with a plethora of diplomas and other qualifications, it was not lack of “information” that had led me down such a path but a lack of acknowledgeing that there was an “inner child” who was traumatised and needed to be understood and listened to desperately.
Whilst the term “inner child” is associated with New Age philosophy which is sometimes viewed by mainstream commentators as questionable; it is actually an apt description of what happens to the emotions, which are tangible sentinent beings with a consciousness of their own, that can, when ignored or abused, become alienated from the will of a person and seek its need for comfort or attention through cravings, often for food or alcohol, but also as stated above the reverse, anorexia or bulimia. Some shaminac teachings refer to this as soul displacement, a situation where part of the soul of a person has, due to excessive and intolerable pain and trauma has split off from the main Self. Until this alienated part is healed and put back together again – remember Humpty Dumpty – wholeness cannot be achieved. And wholeness leads naturally to healthiness, where the body finds its own level of need for the right food, energy resources and general well-being. Maybe even leading to a Happy Clanger!
It takes a skilled person to negotiate with the “inner child” and wisdom, with discipline, to heal and bring the alienated part of ourselves into full consciousness. Self Awareness is the starting point.
My goodness can you imagine if everyone who is currently suffering from obesity decides to do this inner work how the food industry would go bust? No traumatised people to manipulate, no suppressed emotions to control with food. No need for GM Crops, drop in cancer rates, millions saved in dubious research work, an on ad fintum. It augurs well to know whether one’s eating habits are a result of needing food to maintain a healthy body, satisfies a bored mentality, or is something deeper that is perversly causing health problems due to present or former emotional trauma.
Food has replaced sex in my life, now I can’t even get into my own pants. Lynda Montgomery