I know that at some level turning to food in times of stress or anxiety seems to be human nature. My experience reflects this even though I would never describe myself as having this condition. It seems perfectly nomal to turn to food when the pressure goes up.
Same here. So please take what I say with a grain of salt!
Is there a line that we can draw that says here is where it's a perfectly normal experience and here is where it's a condition to deal with?
That brings up something that's really important. Basically -- I think it's very human to turn to food when you want some stimulation, or to turn to food when you want some comfort. I've spent many hours surfing the internet (or actually on these boards) eating spear after spear of broccoli, and then switching to watching TV while eating a huge acorn squash, and just spooning it into my mouth like babyfood.
I don't think volume eating (in and of itself) is something that will prevent you from achieving near-optimal health. I don't necessarily see volume-eating as a problem that needs to be addressed unless it is causing a person some distress. Now, clearly it does cause people a lot of distress here -- and I just sometimes wonder if that's because we've been told it's shameful and have adopted a mindset that it's shameful.
It also brings up a lot of questions about how much of the issue needs addressing from the type of food side vs the emotional/mental side.
Yes, yes, yes! I personally tend toward the belief that the flaw is in the food (not a personal defective or character flaw). Once you take the highly-palatable, calorie-dense foods out of the equation, the problem is so much smaller, or possibly gone altogether. I do think that it can take time for this outcome to manifest.
Now! This are just my personal (opinionated!
) opinions -- just spouting forth, as I sometimes do. Discussions on emotional eating can get very heated, and I have no intentions of pissing anyone off, so if I've said something stupid, go easy on me!