Sunday, May 5, 2013

Appetite- the cause of overeating

It occurs to me that this is not a eating disorder as much as a appetite disorder. It is an excessive appetite that drives overeating. So is there any treatment? still no. So what now?

The Stoics suggest that it is pleasure that drives appetites in general, and these can give rise to what we would call addiction now. This sure sounds like addiction...

From Irvine...

Homer... Pleasure hatches no single plot but all kinds of plots, and aims to undo men through sight, sound, smell, taste, and touch, with food too, and drink and carnal lust, tempting the walking and the sleeping alike. Pleasure, with a stroke of her wand, coolly drives her victums into a sort of sty and pens him up, and now from that time forth the man goes on living as a pig or a wolf.

Diogenes.... The most important battle any person has to fight is the battle against pleasure, she uses no open forces but deceives and casts a spell with baneful drugs.

Marcus... twitching puppetwise at every pull of self-interest... ...resist the murmurs of the flesh.

Epictetus suggests that we... be pleased and will praise yourself for not eating it.

The Stoics advise to simplify our diet.

But what do I know.

1 comment :

  1. we all have to do what work for US! other people couldn't possibly KNOW what that is.


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