Almost half of adults turn to food to stifle feelings of boredom, loneliness and stress, research suggests.
A British survey of 43% of adults found they eat to change a negative mood. But 25% feel guilty after eating and another 25% feel if they become thinner they will be happier.
The survey of 2,000 people showed 47% of adolescents aged 16-24 and 40% of those aged 35-44 had eaten because they were bored.
25% of the people aged 45-54 have eaten because they were stressed. Others ate after arguing with their spouse or partner.
The study showed that the most common eating disorders also affect the high-achiever in her mid-thirties to mid-fifties who is successful in most facets of her life, yet uses eating as a dysfunctional method of coping with low self-esteem, stress, insecurity and other issues.
According to the Eating Disorders Association, eating disorders were about emotions and not about food.
Dr. Keith & Laurie Nemec comments on Stress, Loneliness and Boredom -Emotional Eating:
The greatest addiction/bondage to all humanity is food. This new research just classified why people partake in emotional eating. Almost half of people eat to change a mood, to overcome stress, loneliness, or they simply are bored with life and have no other outlet for excitement in their life.
Let us take a deeper look at food. Do we eat to live or live to eat? Is food a pleasure of our life or is food the pleasure of our life?
A person usually eats for pleasure when they are not finding it where God designed it to come from. This is from HIM and HIM alone. Why did God create us? To know Him and to give Him glory, honor and praise. This is what satisfies us. This is what pleases us. This is our true pleasure in life. If this is not being fulfilled because we are feeding our flesh-filled, ego-filled, world-filled old minds then we will turn to alternate sources of pleasure which include food, power and sex (not love). Well, in this list you cannot always have power over another and you cannot always have sex with another but you can always fulfill you pleasure of food–hence it is the greatest addiction, greatest bondage and the area Jesus was tempted first by satan.
How can you free yourself from this food-bondage of emotional eating?
- Become whole in body, mind and spirit.
- Follow the 7 Basic Steps of Total Health™ everyday
- Be prepared for your day.
- Live every moment to the full by seeing God in every moment. Each moment made to teach you, test you, mature you, transform you into HIS likeness and image.
What is your spirit? It is the part of your being that operates in the following four functions:
- Communion/communication with God
- Body/Mind/Spirit Covenant Executor
Body/Mind/Spirit Covenant Executor
This function of your spirit purpose is to maintain wholeness or total health of your body, your mind, and your spirit. The body, mind, and spirit were created by God to work in harmony and balance as “one.” This means if you are in balance and keeping the body/mind/spirit covenant, the three communicate to each other, keeping you whole, in total health, living God’s kind of life – eternal life.
Eternal life doesn’t just mean living forever with God in heaven, it also means living God’s designed life right now on this planet. It means living life to the full in body, mind, and spirit. The function of your spirit as body/mind/spirit executor is to receive the Truth from God for any situation that arises in your life journey. This is the “knowing” the Truth in your heart. Next the body willingly obeys all the desires of your heart of Truth. Then comes the mind that has been filled with lies, and has been trained from a generational and personal past of the world system, ego, flesh, religion, past and future bound thinking, and physical limitation bound thinking.
The mind has to be willing to “let it go” and die to all it has been programmed with in order to be reprogrammed and renewed with Truth. This is the greatest blockage to all of humankind’s total health of body, mind, and spirit. This is the greatest blockage that prevents the Spirit of God from flowing unhindered in our lives and the world today. The key deciding factor is found in a part of your soul (mind, will, and emotions).
It is your WILL. Your will is either free, and will always choose the Truth, or it is bound and will always choose the lie of the old mind. The choice is yours – choose life or death, blessing or cursing. Life and blessing are receiving everything from God, your covenant partner, once you have given all you have in following the action steps He has revealed to your heart. Death and cursing are choosing to separate from God, from the Truth revealed in your heart. This means that you live life from yourself, from your old mind. This means it is you, and you alone against the world, against the prince of the world, against the father of lies. You will NEVER have true love, joy, peace, and hope (knowing) if you choose to follow the old lie-filled mind.