Clearly we all love food here. I have struggled with my weight since puberty. I'm not grotesque,but have always had an extra 20 pounds or so. I've been gaining and losing the same 20 pounds for about 10 years now!
Whenever I watch those tv shows about weight loss, the people almost always say they have an emotional attachment to food. Food comforts them, etc.
For me, it's not emotional, not because I didn't get enough hugs as a child or anything like that. I just love food. I love to learn about other cultures, and to me the best way to do that is through food. I love to travel and eat, to the extent that I've been known to make spreadsheets of various places to stop when I am travelling to different places.
I also feel like food is a very important part of my pride in my heritage. As my username suggests, I am of Italian descent. I love to show off my heritage by cooking Italian delicacies--both Italian-American and ITALIAN Italian food. It's exciting to introduce my partner--who is of Eastern European background--to the wonderful foods that make up who I am.
To me, it's just interesting. And fun. And challenging. I love to cook and seek out wonderful ingrediants. To me it's a hobby, like knitting or playing golf.
Unfortunately, it effects my weight. I'm a good cook and I love good food, and tend to overindulge. At least it's good food, and not twinkies! :-)
Anyone else struggle with the love of food/fat ass thing?