Our recovery is only as good as our understanding of the problem.
If I think weight is the problem, then I look to diet and exercise as the solution. I pay mega-bucks to weight loss clinics, magic pill pushers, personal trainers, and diet gurus.
95% of people who lose weight, gain it back. With interest. Not very good odds.
If I think that emotions are the problem, then I go to counselors, shrinks, self-help groups, and psychics to fix it for me. I believe you can't heal what you can't feel, so I wallow. Not very productive.
If I believe the root of the thing is a spiritual hunger - trying to fill the empty spaces with something besides God - then I might show up in church three times a week and tithe twice as much as usual just for fire insurance. Surely the man upstairs will notice and fix this for me.
No matter what course we take to solve this problem, what underlies it all is stress. It is what fuels disease as well as addiction. Stress has been linked to heart disease, cancer, diabetes, depression, alcoholism, and yes - even obesity.
The key here is to make sure that the solution you decide to pursue doesn't compound the stress in your life. If you think you've tried it all, stay tuned.
Kim Halsey is a human resource professional and executive coach who helps people overcome life damaging habits, restore important relationships, and live their dreams without drama.