***People are so worried about what they eat between Christmas and the New Year, but they really should be worried about what they eat between the New Year and Christmas. ~Author Unknown
I went out to eat with an old college roommate and we were talking about being obsessive-compulsive. I told her I did not give my idiosyncrasies a label because then I would have that as an excuse. I know I have eaten as a compulsive person would; I have spent money this way as well. I have always viewed it as a personal weakness that I needed to conquer rather that internalizing a "condition" that I could not be held accountable for. She has way too many cats in the house (20-some at my last visit) and has this thing about jewelry - two armoir chests of them (real diamonds). She really can't afford them. She does have some emotional challenges but I really think she could be in control a little better if there wasn't a label.
There are those who don't want a label and go to OA and overcome; they participate in the Weigh Down Workshop and come to grips with things; they just do it themselves. A food addiction has to be addressed because a life is at stake just as the alcoholic's life is at stake.
Each of us must think long and hard about labels we give ourselves because we live up to them. We need to change the labels. It doesn't matter that our metabolism has been compromised. That doesn't mean we can't exercise; it doesn't mean we can't eat in a healthy manner. So what if many others in our families are overweight as well - that doesn't mean anything more in many cases than poor eating habits have been learned as well as a sedentary lifestyle. I know genetics are a factor as well as a family history of things such as diabetes. We don't inherit cancer; we inherit the susceptibility to it. Family history information is important. It tells us that we need to avoid the things that bring about the condition that runs in our families.
In America, we tend to wait until we have a heart attack and then we start exercising. We wait until we are diagnosed with diabetes and then we start watching our diets. At this point we are also on several prescription drugs as well. I had an uncle with diabetes who would eat sweets and then give himself more insulin. My father did not watch his diet either with his diabetes; he depended on the insulin to allow him to eat gravy and desserts. Nearly every male in my family either has diabetes or is borderline diabetic. I told our sons to stay on top of that as they were candidates for that terrible disease.
Are you being careful with the labels you accept or apply to yourself? What kind of labels do we want to live up to? Let's choose the ones we have denied ourselves in the past but are perfectly able to live up to now. Healthy, active, assertive, attractive, neat, organized all come to mind.