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eating disorders

Discussion in 'Mind, Body & Spirit' started by geral123dine, Dec 29, 2010.

  1. geral123dine

    geral123dine Member

    Dec 26, 2010
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    how come we have eating disorders, even thow the mind tells you that you dont need it and you are not hungry. Yet it is easy to just pick up something because it is there. :confused:
  2. olmate

    olmate Member

    Jan 13, 2010
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    Hi Geral123dine,

    I recall reading somewhere that from a physiological context it can be traced back to when humans learned to cook. The theory went along the lines that raw food is much harder to digest and tends not to release as many nutrients and energy as cooked food.

    The physical result of eating cooked food according to some scientists was that the gut size reduced and the release of the additional energy went to feeding the brain which in turn increased in size and is the most energy intensive organ in the body.

    So the argument is that our large brains have created a need for increased energy intake. Humans have made significant advances in the production of foods (especially high energy foods) which in many communities are relatively freely available.

    From a modern cognitive context - particularly within the context of mindfulness, some teachers suggest that eating disorders for some people come from boredom, zoning out, fear and mind conversations away from the present as well as many other scenarios no doubt. This doesn't discount or down play those cases where there is a medical reason however.

    Eating and food does seem to be a central part of modern living. But I guess like the life practices of many, it is about balance and the "middle way" encompassing mind, body and spirit.

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