Reaching out for sweet and fatty foods  Bioleptin  when we are unhappy is not a new concept. We can trace this right back to our infancy. In lots of cases, when you were young and crying, the chances are that you would have been given breast milk which is very sweet. Then as a toddler, if you showed any sign of upset, you may have been given a biscuit or sweet drink to comfort you. For some of us, we never lose the comfort that those sweet foods gave us. That is not to say that we go for sugar at every available opportunity; there will be a specific traumatic trigger somewhere along the line that will unlock that unconscious memory, and that memory provides the key to providing comfort. Even early Neanderthal Man actively chose the fatty part of the kill for survival, so we could say that it is intrinsic in us to seek fatty foods.

For those of you that have this emotional attachment with food, this may sound like a bizarre concept. You may be thinking that eating these foods that you rely on provides nothing but guilt and negative emotion for you. The thing is, that you may not know the real reason behind why you eat but it will always be of a benefit to you. For example, if a child is sexually abused, the thought process may be something like: "if I become fat then I won't be attractive and therefore I will be left alone." That's a pretty logical thought.

If that child then eats to excess and becomes too fat, then it is not unusual for them to become yo-yo dieters. What is happening there is that part of them does not want to be fat anymore - it is causing them emotional pain to be that way. However, when they try to lose the weight, they are also losing their protection from something far more emotionally painful than being fat, so they get so far and then they put it all back on, and maybe a bit more on top.

The reasons why some people form emotional attachments to food can be varied. It can be for protection, for control, to feel significant, for comfort or even as a punishment to themselves for past wrongs. The thing to remember here, is that if you are a yo-yo dieter or you know you are comfort eating, there is a solution. Life does not always have to be this way for you. Emotional eating just means that you are lacking a specific need. You feel empty inside. What you are doing is trying to fill that emptiness with food. Unfortunately, you can eat as much or as little as you like. That emptiness will still be there until you address it and deal with whatever is weighing you down.

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