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Carol Solomon


Carol Solomon, PhD has been a great supporter of what we do here at Shrink Yourself. She has featured our work and interviewed me for her newsletter which you can sign up for at the bottom of this web page:

Her work as a therapist, like mine, is committed to stopping emotional eating and self-sabotaging behaviors.

Recent Posts
Sex and the City


Recently, I saw the Sex and the City movie. Samantha Jones is tempted by her hot new male neighbor but for the first time in her life she's in a committed relationship. Suddenly she gains fifteen pounds and when her concerned friends inquire about her weight gain she says, "I eat so I won't cheat."

Many people don't realize that this is a very common type of emotional eating. We eat to stay faithful. When we're overweight less people are attracted to us and there is less temptation to cheat. Staying overweight also has us avoid the work of having to set boundaries with people--something that many of us don't know how to do (or are afraid to do).

The thing is Samantha had to learn eating isn't the solution. She had to accept that she wanted to cheat because she was in a relationship that wasn't fulfilling to her and she was unwilling to put the work in to make it fulfilling.

Is there a way that you're using your weight to be less attractive to others?
Does staying overweight keep you from having to do the work of learning how to set boundaries with people?
Are you stuffing in your dissatisfaction with a relationship with food?

It wasn't until Samantha admitted to her boyfriend that she wasn't committed to the relationship and made the steps to leave that she stopped stuffing herself.

Kung Fu Panda: An Emotional Eater


I went to see Kung Fu Panda today (with my eight-year old son) and discovered that it's really a story about Emotional Eating.

Kung Fu Panda is an overweight panda who has been chosen to be the new Kung Fu Master and fight the bad guy. He doesn't believe he's up to the task but keep in mind that Kung Fu has been this Panda's secret passion for ages.

One night his master finds him at The Tree of Wisdom (he doesn't realize it's the Tree of Wisdom, he's just on the prowl for food) stuffing himself with peaches from the tree. His Wise Master says, "I know you eat because you're upset."

The panda reveals how inadequate he feels. And how ashamed he is of that inadequacy. And continues to stuff himself with peaches.

But then something interesting happens.

When he takes on the task of becoming a Kung Fu Master and realizes that he's pretty awesome at it, he finds that he's not hungry anymore.

What secret passions do you have? How is food keeping you from pursuing them?