Your Eating Behaviors: Who Do You Blame? by Joan Kent, PhD

Posted on April 18, 2017 in Blog

Your Eating Behaviors:  Who Do You Blame?    by Joan Kent, PhD

Your Eating Behaviors: Who Do You Blame?
By Joan Kent, PhD

Does your eating ever go off-track? Do you sometimes eat more than you “should” or foods that you “shouldn’t”?

This is the first of 3 posts on eating behaviors. Today’s question is: Who (whom!) do you blame when your eating goes off track?

I always blamed my mother. She pushed food on me relentlessly, whether I wanted it or not. When I didn’t want it, she told everyone I was a picky eater.

But I wasn’t a picky eater. I was just constantly pushed – even forced – to eat food I didn’t want.

So eating food I didn’t need originated with my mother.


My mom tried to sway me in other ridiculous ways – like making me afraid of dogs – and those didn’t work. Why did I let this food thing in?

Taking 100% responsibility means not blaming my mother for any mindless or unnecessary eating. I made the behavior mine, for better or worse.

Parts 2 and 3 will explore other eating behavior questions. Won’t you join me?

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