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The Cause of Obesity

obeseI was booked solid with interviews today.  In fact, I have done three radio shows already today on various topics related to my areas of expertise.  All the while, I’ve been watching five roofers on top of the house across the street; and I must say that I love those moments where irony synchronizes life.  The last radio interview I did was on the spiritual cause of obesity.  It just so happens that one of the roofers across the street, is obese.  I was watching him struggle beneath his weight during the entire radio show; which was lucky because he reminded me of several points I wanted to touch on relative to the subject.

I have had the privilege of working with several people over the last four years that struggle with obesity.  Seeing as how I can’t get them (and the subject of obesity) off of my mind today, I am taking it as a hint that I am meant to write about obesity today.

When someone develops an excess of body weight, most especially in the form of fat, it is always done to cope with a fear.  When it comes to obesity, that fear is the fear of humiliation and shame.  At the heart of every single case of obesity is this particular fear.  It is not a fear of something unknown; rather it is a fear of something known.  Usually early in life, those of us with obesity experienced extreme demands and expectations from others.  We could not meet those expectations and demands and so we experienced high levels of shame and as a result of those experiences, we spent our time feeling humiliated.  We built up a barrier of fat as a shield between ourselves and what we were afraid of… others.  We built a shield to prevent the painful demands and expectations of others.  It is a physical reflection of the intention to prevent ourselves from being taken advantage of.


As I have said before, fat is a boundary, an unhealthy one.  Because of this, “boundaries” are an essential concept to understand for anyone who suffers from obesity.  And so, I have included this video for anyone who wishes to understand boundaries.

It is crucial that any of us that are struggling with obesity take a long look at what was expected of us by other people early in life.  It is also crucial that any of us that are struggling with obesity, acknowledge the deep fear of shame and humiliation that is resident within us.  Many people, who are obese, were raised in environments that condemned selfishness.  This is especially ironic because the caregivers of those who grow up to be obese often preach this selfless approach to the world whilst simultaneously, selfishly expecting children to conform to their needs and expectations.  As a result, those children simultaneously feel taken advantage of and ashamed for feeling taken advantage of.  They learn that relationships with others are painful and so, they wall themselves off to people.  But here’s the catch; in their households, it is not acceptable to wall themselves off emotionally by being cold or mean.  The only acceptable behavior is niceness.  So they have only one option, to wall themselves off physically.

Because people with obesity so often grow up in environments where it is expected that their focus is on the needs and expectations of others, many of them are completely out of touch with their wants and true desires.  Indeed many people, who struggle with obesity, still operate under the false assumption that they will achieve love and achieve their desires through “nice-ness” and through taking responsibility for other people’s burdens.

For most people who struggle with obesity, receiving is an idea that is tied in with selfishness.  They assume that to receive from someone, means to take from them and thus, to be a mean person.  As a result, they can’t receive.  But because they only feel comfortable with giving and not receiving, there is no flow of energy from others into their life.  On a deep level, they fear being “used up” by others.  This causes a secondary effect to the “shielding” intention fueling obesity.  This secondary effect is called the “storing” effect.  In other words, those of us with obesity, not only feel the need to shield ourselves from negative energy, but also to store energy.  Fat reflects both of these intentions.

Recovery from obesity cannot be about reducing fat.  The fat is just a symptom of underlying fears, intentions and misunderstandings.  Those underlying non-physical causes are at the heart of obesity.  The shame and humiliation that is at the very core of obesity, is a calling to find self-love and self worth.  It is a calling to get in touch with the self.  It provides the contrast necessary to cause a person to discover what they truly need and truly want.  There is not one person who struggles with obesity, that did not come down to this life with the intention of discovering their true, unique selves; and then learning to value themselves enough to become that unique expression of their true selves.  Fat is not your enemy.  It is your friend.  It is a friend that does not serve your highest good anymore.  The unhealthy fat that is associated with obesity is nothing more than a barrier between ourselves and life.  And when there is no longer a need for this barrier, there is no longer a need for the fat and so, it will cease to exist.

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"Many people, who are obese, were raised in environments that condemned selfishness"

i second that! I've met people who were able to loose weight only after they started become more selfish! which to them it meant finally thinking about their own needs and wants. And as the result they were taking better care about themselves.

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I am into self-help since over ten years now but this time it hit me like a punch. This was the most genuine and authentic eureka experience I ever had about myself. While reading this post, I discovered my core negative imprint in life - shame and humiliation. I discovered how it all came about - my significant others had extreme and unrealistic expectations towards me from early childhood on. My coping strategy has indeed been being the nice guy ever since. And, in discovering my core imprint, I was able to find my purpose in life; by simply turning it around. To me, the opposite of shame and humiliation is PRIDE. I looked back at the happiest, most fulfilled moments in my life and recognized these have all been moments of pride.

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