Bored to Obesity

Bored to ObesityLet’s walk through a scenario.  You are at work.  It is about 2pm and you get done at 5pm.  You know that you have three hours remaining because you have been watching the clock since 1230 when you had lunch.  You have been watching the minutes change on your phone as that is what you were getting paid to do.

You are BORED!

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Unfortunately this happens to ton of people every day.  The next thing that happens is you try to think of anything to help break the boredom.  You have already “used” the bathroom 6 times today, so you can’t just go again without someone thinking you have a bladder control issue or are suffering from a urinary tract infection.

So what do you do?

Box of ObesityYou know it.  You turn to our good old friend the vending machine.  The whole time you are walking toward this obesity box you know you aren’t hungry, but if you return to your seat empty handed people may judge you.  So you mull over your soon to be bad decision and you finally end up on Funyuns.

You slowly walk back mentally just beating yourself up for this snack of fake fried onions that you didn’t even want.  You do your best to pawn off your newly acquired delectable, but no one will bite.  So you sit there bored, sulking and eating.

Why do we do this to ourselves?

Well the truth is because we are human.  We are doers by nature.  We want to feel that we are accomplishing something.  When this isn’t happening we feel empty.  So we try to make things accomplishable and well walking to the vending machine inserting a coin and actually having the product drop is a HUGE accomplishment, especially if you have ever been ripped off by the obesity box.

To do listThe worst part is the more and more bored we become the more this vending machine massacre become a steady part of the day.  You make plans throughout the day to break up the monotony and venture of to the death trap of caloric grossness.  Over time this becomes a habit and one that is very difficult to break.  You almost become addicted to the process.  It is borderline depressing.  The fact that we eat when we are bored is just strange.

Think about how many times you have eaten just because you need something to do.  It is as if we confuse eating something with an accomplishment of sorts. I would love to see some research as to why this is, but I would speculate to say that food is a part of our culture.  It is comforting and it reminds us of good times shared with people.  So when we get bored we want to have this feeling of community and accomplishment.

I wish I had an answer to this problem, because I deal with it daily.  I have tried spacing my meals out and only eat them at certain times of the day.  I have even tried to drink as much water as possible to help curb the craving of wanting to eat.

I believe that boredom leads many people to over eating, which may result in obesity.  I have been in moments where I am working on a huge project and haven’t eaten for the entire day.  It is almost like I forgot that eating was important.  So I know when I am challenged eating doesn’t become a desire.  It is only when I am bored that eating feels like the only thing I can do to break it up.

I would love to know if you get in these modes where you feel like you are just eating because you are bored.  I would also like to know how you combat this urges or if you even do.  Please share your story I would love to be inspired by you.

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About Tim

Tim is the CEO of CoolEFitness. He has a degree in Athletic Training from Northern Arizona University and a Master's in Sports Medicine from the University of Utah. He has work as an Athletic Trainer, as different roles, with Northern Arizona University, University of Arizona, University of Utah and the San Fransisco 49ers. Connect with Tim on Google +

5 thoughts on “Bored to Obesity

  1. obesity like depression and aids is one of america’s #1 problems. the thing is when you make everything so damned technologically easy there will be a pool of conserved energy in the gene-ration. and where do you think all this unused energy goes? in the fat cells where else. in a society that has as many laws as there are people (from jay walking to the litigious trends where people sue over one lady’s bitch being fucked by another man’s dog) all action and good old fashioned work, enterprise and hard manual labor comes to a standstill. you won’t let your kids play outside due to fear of child molesters. you won’t allow healthy exposure to bugs in dirt which by the way are healthy for the immune system for they make it stronger. you won’t allow good old wrestling among friends on the grounds that it is rough and tumble affairs and then to top it all there is the unnecessary cynicism and cruelty of a culture gone fake and fraudulent. all the media hype and marketing frenzy. the “a pill for every ill” syndrome which has people rushing to the doctors for everything from the slightest sneeze to a simple rash. its pathetic i tell you. a savage society has a more healthier and natural set up than this postmodern hell of isolation and feasting on chemical plastic food that is worse than crap. why hold your left ear by twisting your left arm around your head once. it doesn’t make sense. why not return to Nature and stop all this pretense. it only makes us tense. and it breeds dis-ease. we are not at ease and so get 10,000 diseases from obesity to bipolar to imperial superiority syndrome (it should be included in DSM). all these unnatural deconstructions which came out of derrida’s ass. they lead us nowhere. now is the time for a reappraisal. we need fresh open air free of pollution and lots of sunshine not to mention friends, flowers and love. let there be freedom but not as a compulsion. it should follow a natural and normal and neutral and nominal course. complexity can go to hell with all its complexes. we need simplicity and direct methods instead of the billion reasons we have constructed to stop everyone from everything they really want. obesity requires hanging loose (both bodily and mentally and socially). once you get busy in things and lose yourself in the state called flow and lose your awkwardness all that obesity will just melt away since it was just body armor in the first place. a fake construct that could be done away with provided you chose to.

    • I love your passion. I agree with the ideal you bring to this discussion. It would be completely amazing if we dropped the guards and learned to love our selves and then started to share that joy with others.

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