Are you having relationship trouble... with your food? Helped by research commissioned by the Tony Ferguson Weight Management Program and conducted by the Social Research Centre, health psychologist Dr Louisa Hoey has identified significant insights into the negative and misguided relationships people have with food, which she calles ‘Junk Thinking’.
Dr Hoey believes ‘Junk Thinking’ is one of the biggest barriers to establishing a healthy relationship with food, even more so than junk eating itself and has classified 4 types of ‘Junk Thinkers’ people can identify themselves with:
• The Dreamer - the person who sets unrealistic weight loss goals and turn to food for comfort when they don’t meet them
• The Justifier - the person who uses excuses to justify their unhealthy eating such as “I excised this morning so can eat more”
• The Labeller - the person who deprives themselves in a bid to lose weight until breaking point, where they then pig out on unhealthy food
• All or nothing thinker - the person who thinks even the slightest lapse means their whole diet is blown, leading to binges with the thought that “I can start my diet again tomorrow”.
In a market cluttered by celebrity ideals, unrealistic weight loss TV shows and quick-fix diet plans, Dr Hoey believes that people who have the above misguided thoughts about food is the fundamental reason why many Australians’ cannot successful control their weight.
Click here for Louisa's top 10 tips for ‘debunking the junk’