The difference between thinnies and fatties

14 Apr

I was once interviewed about the gap between how i would like to control my eating, and how i control my eating. i found this a bit confusing at the time because, put simply, i don’t. Control my eating that is.

I am a fatty.

I’m terrible for spending ages sizing up the Guillaume’s chocolates trying to work out which shell is the biggest. Looking through the packet of pitta breads to identify which one will hold the most filling. Carrying the dinner plates to the table and wondering if i can give the smallest portion to him in a manner that looks natural and not preplanned.

I can’t be the only one that does this sort of thing?

The truth is, i have an appetite. Now, as my friends will tell you, i’m not fat. Yet…. But i owe that to a huge amount of nervous energy, borderline ocd when it comes to cleaning, and not for want of trying.

The problem is that when i start eating something delicious, i just can’t stop. Take chocolate for example. I can eat chocolate until the point where i feel so sick i think i might be sick, and have to go to bed hoping that it will have passed by morning.

Paul Mckenna tells us to “eat consciously”, get back in tune with our bodes and just stop eating when we’re full. Simple. Problem is i’ve tried this, and i just can’t tell when i’m full until i’m so full i know i should have stopped eating a while ago.

I’ve always suspected that there must be evil people in laboratories mixing ingredients in the hope of finding the perfect combination for sending our brains into meltdown. The secret behind what makes “bad food” so damn yummy, addictive, “pernicious” (a brilliant word favoured by my dad).

It turns out that i was right. It is an exact combination of fat, salt and sugar to give what they call the “bliss factor”. And not only that, but it’s designed to melt in the mouth, so that the brain misses the full signals that would normally be triggered by chewing.

How bloody sneaky is that?

The problem is, i know people who don’t have this issue. I’ve watched them. They eat exactly what they want, when they want it. They just don’t eat when they’re not hungry. They never have to “control” their eating, because their body tells them when they’ve had enough.

You know the people i mean. They’re the ones that actually have biscuits and full fat yoghurts in their trolley at the supermarket. Us fatties would never “plan” to eat junk food and so buy it at the weekly shop. Our conveyor belts are full of good intentions – weight watchers this, slimming world that, cottage cheese and rice cakes (no normal person would eat these after all).

The difference is we buy all our chocolate and crisps at the local shop, when we can’t resist the temptation any longer. And we buy twice as much. (it’s for the kids after all)

So if addiction to junk food is chemical, why don’t thinnies get sucked in? Do we have more addictive personalities? Are we more succeptible to these horror chemicals? Is our “bliss” experience more mesmeric and so difficult to control?

In any case, it seems i’m off the hook. It’s all down to genetics.

What a relief. I can now reach for the biscuit tin guilt free. Blame those sneaky scientists.

Article on Kessler

13 Responses to “The difference between thinnies and fatties”

  1. sandrine April 14, 2010 at 10:55 am #

    Oh good. We can stop worrying about those pesky psychologists who tell us that we’re eating ‘for the wrong reasons’, that we’re ‘compensating’ or whatever. I like to eat because I like to eat – and if food manufacturers ‘design’ their food on purpose so we can’t stop eating them then it’s clearly their fault if we overeat – not ours!

  2. rachel frowd April 14, 2010 at 2:02 pm #

    I am a fellow ‘fatty’, as you know. I probably manage about 2 days out of 7 to not eat either, a) 3 chocolate bars (on a good day), b) half a pack of biscuits (ok, a whole packet), or c) the entire banana cake I made (for my daughter- it only has 100g of butter in it so is almost as good as eating fruit for her…..).
    I often wonder why, after all the exercise I do (I am pretty good at that, at least) I’m not a ‘skinny minny’. Looking at it in black and white, the reason is pretty clear!
    If only I could master my inability to give up at the first biscuit, or the tenth bite of chocolate, I might have the sort of body I would die for after all the running I put in every week! Thing is, to be honest, I’m not sure I’m even that bothered any more. This is what approaching middle age, and being a mum can do to you! I’d still wear jogging bottoms or PJs and dressing gown 99% of the time. Let’s just hope my husband never feels the need to divorce me so I have to get back on the singles treadmill!

  3. Livi April 14, 2010 at 2:55 pm #

    I totally know where you coming from! I buy healthy food and try so hard not to eat if I’m not really hungry and not snack, but the cravings are so intense sometimes and the more you deny it the more you want it! So jealous of the skinnies!

  4. Barenakedmummy April 14, 2010 at 5:21 pm #

    I can not go a day without eating chocolate or any junk food so I’m a fatty. I’m glad that there is now a reason that I get to eat the most food!!

  5. Simone April 14, 2010 at 8:07 pm #

    Again, I think we might be twins. Mmmmm, those shells! melt in the outh goodness. my favourite. I. Can’t. Resist.

  6. bsouth April 14, 2010 at 10:12 pm #

    Hmmm, I wonder if this applies to alcohol as well?

  7. asmallhandinmine April 21, 2010 at 4:42 pm #

    This made me laugh, that is totally me, the one who buys all the really good things at the supermarket shop. Unfortunately, I also live next door to a shop, so no matter what time it is, I can always ditch the healthy things I bought a few days ago to go and buy a nice big binge of all things naughty.
    I know all the reasons behind it, why we would rather eat foods which are bad for us, why processed foods are making the country fat, and I know exactly how to rid myself of cravings and stay thin for life. Ive read everything I need to, but actually doing it is another matter, Id rather have my Lindt Lindor right now thankyou very much!

  8. marketingtomilk April 21, 2010 at 4:45 pm #

    Lindt Lindor……the devil’s elixir. If you get the temperature just right, not too cold and hard, just warm enough to be melting slightly in the middle – I am in B-I-G trouble.

  9. Lori @ RRSAHM May 13, 2010 at 9:55 pm #

    Interesting post, thanks for the link. If I’m honest here- I just don’t like food. Eating is a matter of necessity, for energy and calories only, I really don’t enjoy it much. I do have a totally addictive personality- hello cigarettes- just, for some reason, not for food….

  10. Saffy June 11, 2010 at 9:30 am #

    The ultimate weight loss solution for me is morning sickness :p So if I have maybe ten kids, then I’ll be set :p
    My issue is carbohydrate. Ironic as a insulin dependent diabetic who has to carb count. I’ve started keeping a notebook. Draconian? Yes. Helpful? Unfortunately yes. That’s why there’s still most of a tray of fudge on the kitchen bench…normally I’d inject and scoff. Sigh.


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