I heard doctor Peter Attia put forth a theory that diabetes could be a pre-cursor to obesity and not the other way around. In particular, he posited that obesity could be a self-defence mechanism of the body to store toxins rather than be forced to ‘process’ them and harm other organs.
This got me thinking, “Could over-indulgence be a form of self-defence?”
For example, aren’t there times when drink and drugs are used to avoid dealing with something else? When you really want to put off doing something, doesn’t binge-watching the television, or having a gluttonous meal help put off that thing we just can’t face? These things make us feel good for a little while, but they also help us to procrastinate, while giving us an excuse not to do what we should've been doing in the first place ("I'm to drunk to work", "I'm to full to do that now").
When it comes to gluttony, we’ve seen obesity levels skyrocket in industrialised countries. Unhealthy “comfort” foods are always within reach and give us a temporary high. Could this be a self-defence mechanism against all the stresses we face in our daily lives? The long commute, the pressure at work, our responsibilities to our friends and family, our duties as a mother/father/wife/husband…?
The more I think on it, the more I feel that we overindulge so as to avoid.
But, avoidance isn’t a good long-term strategy.
What do you think...?
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