Many people are willing to make sacrifices and give up food in order to get close to the weight that the society considers to be ideal. Anyway, one thing is paying attention to what you eat and totally different thing is controlling constantly the food that enters your mouth.
If the diet is healthy and it actually contributes to your health and wellbeing, it’s completely ok. But the fact is that there are more and more people on the diet, even if they don’t have real problems with their weight.
For this situation we have to thank in particular the social musts. The ideals always existed and always will in our society. Some of them even determine our status – if you are not slim, you are not ‘in’. Thus it’s no surprise that many people feel like they have a few pounds in excess all the time and that some are ready to do everything just so they can get a “ticket to the eminent company.” Is it really worth?
The females are the ones to submit their selves to social commandments more likely.Due to their personal history, such women have a strong need to be recognized as beautiful and attractive. In order to achieve this recognition is necessary to meet the criteria of the society. In their view, this is the only way to become worthy of respect.
And here is where the control and self-restraint play a fundamental role. This means that when we control our own eating habits we are not looking only for a perfect image, but at the same time we try to contain all the emotional stress possible and the risk of consequent outbursts.
IS DIET A NUTRITIONAL DISORDER?
Not really, but it can develop into one. There are many stories about anorexia and bulimia, which have evolved from a purely “simple diet”. Diets that initially served as a preparation for summer and bikini ready season then turned into a general control of owns eating.
HOW TO HAVE A FRIENDLY RELATIONSHIP WITH FOOD?
It starts all in your head! Renounce the idea of a perfect weight and replace it with the concept of lastingly balanced weight that takes into account your genetic characteristics, age, metabolism, …
This concept involves ignoring all the general external commands (“you should eat this and that, you should have such and such weight …”) and complying with inner impulses (to eat in accordance with your needs). With intent to achieve this goal more easily, you can also ask for help a nutritional expert or perhaps a psychotherapist, if you feel that your obsession with perfect weight basically means suppression of deeper emotions.