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Do You Find Eating Enjoyable?

The rapidly rising rate of obesity has created many questions as well as many studies searching for answers. While a singular answer to the "epidemic" is unlikely, a new study revealed a couple of interesting components to this quandary. New research from the University of Oregon, suggests that folks that don't find eating pleasurable have a greater chance of being overweight, due to smaller amounts of dopamine receptors on their brain. Dopamine receptors help the brain to measure pleasure, and it seems that overweight people are trying to compensate for their lack of satisfaction by eating more. It takes more food to create the same amount of enjoyment. There is even a genetic marker for the lack of dopamine receptors that researchers used to predict weight gain in study participants.

This study involving genetic testing, brain scans, chocolate shakes, and 76 girls and young women, got me thinking about my relationship with food. Do I eat for pleasure, nutrition or both? How do I feel about food, what does food make me feel? What about you . . .


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Giasbash6260 Giasbash6260 8 years
sharshar sharshar 8 years
No matter how much I love eating, I can't eat as much as my friends do. I always feel guilty afterwards and I lose my appetite pretty quickly.
bettywhite bettywhite 8 years
clean plate club member right here! had to eat it ALL as a kid, and i still have that feeling, like i should finish what is on my plate - an empty plate is an easy signifier that the meal is done - certainly easier than gauging when one is satisfied v. when one is full. i certainly don't blame my parents, but i think my clean plate eating confused my ability to tell when i should stop eating: hello, 7-year struggle with bulimia. but for those of y'all who say mealtime is stressful because of your ED, i want to say i've been there and it DOES get easier, i promise. keep working at it and you'll get there. thanks to my therapist and a supportive network of friends and family, i haven't used my symptoms in 6 years and count mealtime as one of the best parts of the day!
kurnu kurnu 8 years
I live for eating, not eat to live. Eating and sleeping are the closest thing to happiness. I rarely gain weight bc I excercise daily so... it's all good.
katyharper katyharper 8 years
Brookrene has it right - how many of us had to be members of "the clean plate club" when we were little? This screwed me up forever.
Soniabonya Soniabonya 8 years
i used to love to eat. then i discovered calories and all the unhealthy stuff in the food i loved. heh. . .
bigestivediscuit bigestivediscuit 8 years
brandi07 brandi07 8 years
I really enjoy and appreciate a good meal. I try not to overeat though, just because it makes me feel tired and lazy for the rest of the day.
ajennilynrushhh ajennilynrushhh 8 years
I love eating. I love food.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i have messed up thinking when it comes to eating so i really get a lot of anxiety about it...that i'm not eating the right things and all that
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 8 years
I eat for nourishment and pleasure. I'm fortunate because I happen to love healthy food. I've been that way since I was a kid. Truthfully, I rarely overeat. I think the only time I do that is during Thanksgiving. And maybe Christmas. That's it, at the most.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
I love eating, cooking, and just about anything having to do with food. I am very particular about WHAT I eat; I don't just eat whatever. I used to eat anything and everything in sight, but after I decided to get healthier, I was "pickier" about what I chose to indulge in. I usually eat very healthy, whole foods, but when I want a treat, I definitely enjoy it and I don't just scarf it down.
HeidiMD HeidiMD 8 years
I loooooooove eating.
psterling psterling 8 years
its hard for me to just have one cookie because I enjoy them so much, not the other way around :-)
brookrene brookrene 8 years
I almost always overeat. Love food! Though i will say that 90% of the time I eat healthy, so that is atleast a positive. I think though, that growing up and HAVING to clean your plate, really made me heavy for quite a while. Parents out there: DON'T teach your child that. I didn't realize until i was over 20 that i didnt have to eat it all. It was like an epiphany when i finally came to my senses.
FrankLee FrankLee 8 years
I'm depressed. I'm not exercising much due to a sports injury (plantar fasciitis due to over-training). I sleep a lot. I eat a lot. I've gained 20 lbs in two months, and I was already overweight. I don't blame it on anything but me.
DeviousMuse DeviousMuse 8 years
Eating great food is one of my pleasures in life (along with being active), so it is hard not to overeat on occasion. For example, my bf cooked dinner last night (homemade chili and beer bread), and since I didn't eat a lot last night - I just wasn't really hungry - I over did it a bit when I took leftovers for lunch today. But considering I'm going out for a 6-mile run tonight, it won't be too bad, and I won't be hungry before I hit the trails!
sonya-ina sonya-ina 8 years
I overeat only when I'm eating something I REALLY enjoy, like anything home cooked by my Mom, which I only get to have a few times a year since I got married and moved away. Even then, I try not to overeat, but sometimes IT'S JUST TOO GOOD! :]
katrina1020 katrina1020 8 years
I hate eating. I don't have any issues w/ it, I just don't enjoy food. There is very little I actually like to eat, so I usually go with unhealthy foods. I always fill full when I eat though, but that is b/c I don't get enough calories in the day. My trainer makes me count, and I often don't get 1000 calories in a day. I just don't have an appetite. I find the whole process of eating very frustrating, and agree that I would rather take a pill.
michlny michlny 8 years
I am happiest when I eat healthy - which is always. It makes it tough to overeat. I'd never feel guilty if I ate too many veggies!
zeppelinrules zeppelinrules 8 years
I overeat constantly, but it's not because I don't enjoy eating-it's because I enjoy eating too much
lilCROAT03 lilCROAT03 8 years
i just inhaled half a bag of chips i don't know why but i feel my cheeks puffing up as i write lol. did i enjoy it? yes.
Antioxidant Antioxidant 8 years
I do enjoy food. There are so many delicious and nutritious foods out there, I can't imagine not putting thought into every meal so that I can get the most out of it. I don't overeat, I eat what will get me to the next delectable dish. And that applies to drinks as well.
gabiushka gabiushka 8 years
I love to eat and to cook, but I do understand people that say they hate to eat in front of others, I started to feel like that a while ago but I was lucky that the feeling didn't really stick around too long.
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