In the recovery community it is said that one has to “Walk the Talk”. In other words ones behavior or what they do have to match what they say or their talk. Talking without reference to the walk or what we do becomes a mismatch and a mismatch is a set up for a lapse or a relapse. Hence, in my estimation, once a diagnosis of what I have termed, “Food Addiction Obesity” is made, there must be a behavioral shift from using food as an addictive drug of abuse to food as medicine. Unfortunately, the “diet and exercise” treatment mantra or surgery has not worked as obese patients lose weight only to regain the weight that was lost and then some. The missing link to effective treatment which has not been addressed in the past is identifying and effectively dealing with the feelings, emotions or psychiatric symptoms that drive this addiction.
Simply put, the brain is just a bag of chemicals and those chemicals influence your mood, psychological well-being and behaviors. You probably have heard of such brain chemicals as dopamine, serotonin, norepineprine, adrenaline and endorphins. They are the major players in producing feelings identified as “happy, glad, sad or mad”. The ability to tolerate the negative ones and not maximize or intensify the positive ones is the hallmark of treatment for addictive behaviors.
Walking The Talk will not only allow the viewer to vicariously experience the changes in behavior that have to be made but also the strengthening of one’s ability to effectively deal with negative emotions and resist the temptation to intensify the positive ones while maintaining the weight that was lost, is the highlight of this segment.
You can find additional information about healthy living on the AARP website.
Visit the the National Weight Control Registry here.