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in a scarce environment, humans had to adapt to feel hunger and prevent starvation. Malnourishment previously prevalent, cravings for calorific foods allowed humans to stay alive. Ironically, this trait ravashes society today, “and food manufacturers know well how to push the
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buttons that evoke this obsessive behavior” (Moss 56). Using evolutionary biology against their consumers, corporations take advantage of the “bliss point”, a deleterious combination of salty, sweet, and sugary foods, to grasp individuals. Ranging from Cheetos to birthday cake and maple bacon, people feel an overwhelming urge to gorge themselves in unhealthy foods; it is human nature. When corporations craft physically unavoidable foods that are perfectly salty, sweet, and fatty, dependent consumers will tumble down obesity’s tumultuous path. The brain unable to recognize how many calories enter the body during bliss point, junk food hijacks the senses and generates gain weight. With both ancestral footholds and corporate greed on its side, obesity ravishes the nation. By examining the disease through an evolutionary lens, its behaviors and roots grow apparent. One’s current environment has the ability to both foster and hinder personal growth. According to humanists, present scenarios drastically affect outcomes. In terms of obesity, this psychological perspective offers valuable insight. In most cases, people cannot escape obesity without love, acceptance, and nurturing surroundings. When these psychological necessities are neglected, obesity takes a profound effect. At the Ehrhardt Center, a diabetes and nutritional care center, George (This is not his actual name- HIPAA) suffers severe health complications. An obese man, he struggles to lose weight after a calamitous myocardial infarction. Recently divorced and alone, he fights constant urges to eat away his feelings. Yes, he aspires to get healthier, but his current environment prevents him from doing so. George without a support system, he travels the district in search of practitioner support. Without accountability at home, however, he seldom improves and only visits the clinic for an hour of company. Analyzing the scenario through a humanist lens, psychologists view a man in an oppressive environment. Alone and unappreciated, the clinic refers him to a weekly support group in hope that a network of
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analogous patients will facilitate recovery. From beliefs to long held desires, people express their inner state through actions. Obesity is no exception. Analyzing the disease with a psychodynamic lens, one examines obesity through unconscious speculation. Food is seen as a way to cope, thus obesity strikes from depressed self image or childhood shortcomings. An informational report from Webmd documents an anonymous victim and his battles with psychodynamic binge eating. In his case, a turbulent and unpleasant childhood caused him to tip the scales at over four hundred and fifty pounds. From the age of five the man had a distorted childhood, his home barren due to an absent father and an alcoholic mother. What remained constant, however, was food. After late nights and hung over evenings, the man’s mother slid sandwiches beneath his bedroom door.
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