However, it has been established that one of the many causes of obesity may in fact be comfort eating in order to medicate ourselves against the negative feelings of social isolation and loneliness.
This is especially true of childhood obesity.
The dangers of a negative cycle — guilt over binge eating, isolation and then more binge eating to try and comfort ourselves — is very real.
Food literacy, that is to say knowing the content of our food, portion sizes and how often we should be eating and being able to discern when a healthy relationship with food turns bad, are all ways that we can enjoy our food and even indulge in that little bit of comfort without falling into negative patterns.
Clearly food, just like many of the above loneliness salves, should be used to add enjoyment to our lives and not in the long-term to replace the relationships we lack.
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