The truth: Many people are terrified by the thought of being thin. Being fat gives them an excuse to fail, an excuse to be depressed, an excuse to cha-cha with a chocolate bar.
You may maintain habits and thought patterns that keep you fat because your fat serves as a literal and metaphorical protective layer that keeps you from interacting with reality. You don't have to play the game of life if you're constantly making excuses for living on the bench. If only you could lose weight, if only you could fit into that bikini, if only you could take a hike with the family without breathing heavier than an inmate escapee.
While some people may say that fat is a failure, the truth is that fat - for many of us - is a way of avoiding failure, because it's an excuse for never competing and engaging in life. (Remember, "if only" are the world's two most dangerous words since jalapeno popper.)
It's important to be aware that this deep, in-your-gut feeling might be the reason why our society's belts are now being used to accurately measure out 5K road races. Simply realizing that you may use food as a psychological pain-killer is part of the solution for helping you avoid it. Once you realize that this emotion baggage doesn't serve you, you can take positive steps to get rid of it for good.
Find out more about this book:YOU: On A Diet Revised Edition: The Owner's Manual for Waist Management