When overeating or eating too many fattening foods is the result of disturbing emotions, thoughts, or relationships, it is a symptom. It is a symptom of what is disturbing you, just like a fever is a symptom of what is infecting you.
That’s not all there is to the matter though. While weight-gaining eating is a symptom of emotional disturbance, your emotional disturbance is a symptom too.
Take eating too much or eating particularly fattening foods because you are depressed; not clinically depressed, but depressed nonetheless. Being depressed is a symptom also. What is it a symptom of? For some women, depression comes in the form of hopelessness. Hopelessness is a response to seeing yourself in a situation that you can’t get out of. What kind of situation are we talking about here? Well, it could be a manager at work who is making it hard for you. Or it could be a personal relationship in which you feel stuck in one way or another.
Interestingly, while you feel hopeless in these situations, other women feel resourceful. They don’t tolerate their manager’s style of managing. They go over the manager’s head to the manager’s superior. They make lateral moves in the company to get rid of a bad manager. They even leave the company for a better job and a better manager. The same holds true for a personal relationship that isn’t working. Resourceful woman don’t tolerate it. They do something about it.
Why, then, is someone hopeless and not resourceful? To find the answer, you have to trace feeling hopeless back to when hopelessness began? Then you have to track the hopelessness to the many times hopelessness became more and more apart of that person.
To sum up. Overeating and eating too many calorie-dense foods is a symptom of emotional disturbance. And emotional disturbance is a symptom of a larger pattern of something a person has been living with.