Saturday, December 20, 2008

Dr. Garfield

Image found here. 
This morning I was reading an article found on Yahoo! News, and at first glance, I thought it was pretty helpful. It discussed the pressures that the holiday season brings on those who are trying to diet or who are overweight and should be dieting. 

The author included some helpful, reasonable and generic tips such as using portion control, focusing on the spirit of the celebrations rather than the foods, and if you overeat, just hop back on the wagon the next day to minimize the caloric damage. 

Then finished the article with this ridiculous land mine:
"Make a resolution to find out what you really hunger for in life and what you're looking for that you can't find in food".

This was obviously written by one of those skinny, smug authors that subscribe to the theory that anyone lugging around an extra ten pounds has an unresolved deep psychological problem. They, the svelte elite, have all of life's answers tucked neatly in their perfectly healthy psyche. What an arrogant and judgmental, not to mention entirely false, assumption.

I tell you what, Mr/Ms Dodo-head - I suggest you schedule an appointment with my favorite psychologist, Jim Davis. I have a cartoon strip on my refrigerator which goes like this:

John: Did you ever stop to think that you might eat so much because of some emotional need? ...That you eat to compensate for some inner need?

Garfield: Of course. It's called hunger, you dipstick. 


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