It seems that every other week there is news of a celebrity gaining or losing weight. Pictures surface and people marvel at how much weight some celebrity has lost or gained in a short amount of time. Oddly enough, the media is never satisfied, and despite which direction the scale tilts, the feedback is usually negative.
Unfortunately, Christina Aguilera is making headlines for gaining a significant amount of weight. The pounds were noticed when Christina recently performed at a Michael Jackson tribute concert and appeared in a tight corset and fishnet stockings. Her choice of outfit brought a lot of attention to her figure, which was curvier than it has been in the past. As you can imagine, the blogs exploded. Although Christina received high praise for her vocals in the performance, her physical appearance got much more buzz.
Something that is often not considered when it comes to celebrities and weight fluctuations is that they, too, deal with issues in their personal lives. Just like the rest of us, Christina has to deal with struggles of everyday life, although hers are much more public. Aguilera is recently divorced and has been battling alcohol problems, so the fact that she may be turning to food to cope shouldn’t come as a big shock.
Through all of life’s stressful situations it is important to know the difference between emotional eating and actual hunger. Many people turn to food for comfort when things get stressful. This is usually because foods like sweets and simple carbohydrates pack a lot of sugar, which releases a feel-good chemical into the brain.
Emotional eating warning signs, such as hunger that is brought on by an emotional event, the urgent demand for a specific food, and binge eating followed by feelings of guilt are key identifiers to the fact that you are turning to food for comfort. Once you identify a food craving as emotional you can deal with the issue at hand rather than filling up on unnecessary calories. No matter what has caused Christina Aguilera’s recent weight gain, her weight struggle can remind us to pay attention to what and why we are eating.
October 12th, 2011