Here’s an interesting take on the situation from Dr. Christiane Northrup:
"Women who grew up in alcoholic or chaotic family systems may have brain and body chemistry that is overly sensitive to the effects of food, and particularly to the neurochemical known as serotonin.
Serotonin is released in the brain quite rapidly when you eat refined-carbohydrate-rich foods such as most breakfast cereals or cookies.
True carbohydrate addicts cannot stop after eating a few cookies or potato chips. They don't seem to have a normal satiety mechanism in place."
[... and from personal experience I would add -- a traumatic or abused childhood, not necessarily resulting from the "family system"]
So, next time you reach for that delicious piece of bread, ask yourself if you're really hungry, or are you looking to soothe an emotional issue? Be courageous and willing to give a voice to those emotions you are trying to squash by eating.
You are worthy of love and respect!
Your opinions matter.
Know that you are loved.