Don’t Think. Do.

May 20, 2008 at 12:54 am 2 comments

Newsweek’s Q&A with author Stephanie Klein about her recently published book called “Moose: A Memoir of Fat Camp” covers the details of how Klein, an overweight child, spent three summers at fat camp trying to shed her excess pounds and the nasty nickname “Moose”.

One particular question and response in the article really resonated with me.

You’ve said you’re fed up with what you call “fatnalysis.” Why?
People can analyze it to death. People can say you’re fat because you’re filling a void, or you eat for all these emotional reasons. I said I don’t need to focus on this anymore. It doesn’t matter why I’m fat. Let’s fix it. I don’t think fixing it involves searching into my past and analyzing every last reason why I like cheese. It’s much more important for me to focus on my daily habits and what can I do to possibly change certain habits and give myself tools to get through whatever I have to get through. Especially as a child, you don’t need to hear about it all the time. Focus on developing talents.

We spend so much time trying to figure out why we overeat that we frequently get stuck there. It ends up being all analysis and no action. Klein is right; in the end, it doesn’t matter why we’re fat. We just need to do something about it. We know how to do it; we just need to develop the habit of doing it, using whatever coping mechanisms (healthy ones, that is!) that work for us along the way.


Entry filed under: news around the blogosphere, tips & techniques, Weight Loss Philosophy.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Sally Parrott Ashbrook  |  May 20, 2008 at 2:58 am

    I do think we can spend so much time overanalyzing such things that we don’t expend enough energy actually dealing with them.

    However, realizing that a key part of my overeating was eating to fill various emotional voids—and then working on giving myself permission to have empathy over those voids and to fill those voids correctly—has been really important to me. So I do think some analysis of the situation is important. I think a lot of people do the flip side of what Stephanie is talking about and just try to smother their issues with dieting, and that doesn’t seem to work too well in the long run.

  • 2. sassysexyshapely  |  May 20, 2008 at 1:33 pm

    That’s a good point, Sally. It probably comes down to balance. Spend some time thinking about why you overeat and what your trigger situations are and then get on with it. Don’t get stuck in either place: overthinking or overdieting. Thanks for the comment!


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