Fascinating Fast Facts on Control and Eating (Oy Vey)

  • Life today is a multitasking, multisensory barrage. If you’re only doing one thing at a time, you’re probably bored — Kate Muhl, Iconoculture

  • Between 60 and 90% of all medical office visits in the United States are for stress-related disorders — Mind/Body Medical Institute at Harvard University

  • Americans regularly engage in unhealthy behaviors to manage stress — AmericanOverwhelmed_1
    Psychological Association 2.06
  • “Drug addiction is so often talked about as a disease of our youth, but
    for so many people, it catches up with them when they age” — Dr.
    Marvin Seppala, drug abuse expert, quoted in the Arizona Republic 9.6.06
  • 4.4% of Baby Boomers
    age 50 to 59 indicated that they had used illicit drugs in the past
    month, marking the third consecutive yearly increase recorded for that
    age group — from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, AP 9.7.06 
  • Americans spent an estimated $46 billion on diet products and self-help books in 2004 – Forbes 8.30.06
  • Women turn to high-fat and high-sugar comfort foods when they’re feeling down, and then they feel even worse -– guilty -– for having eaten them. But men indulge in high-protein foods when they are feeling great and in the mood for reward — 2005 study by New York’s Cornell University and Canada’s McGill University
  • 31% of women say they are comfort eaters, vs. 19% of men — 2005 University study, above
  • At almost any given time, approximately 40% of women are trying to lose weight — American Obesity Association 5.20.05
  • “What we eat is only half the equation of good nutrition. How we eat is the other half” — from ‘The Slow Down Diet’ by Marc David (Healing Arts Press 2005)
  • “Vitamin P” – pleasure – is a vital element that makes our lives and meals complete… When food is prepared and shared as an expression of love and caring with family and friends, it can actually affect the way food is metabolized in the body — Judy Ramberg, Iconoculture


Recognize yourself in there anywhere? Yeah. I’ve been emailing with a number of folks who work in the diabetes industry and/or write about diabetes.  We all agree there’s an inverse relationship between how hard we work (on diabetes, ironically) and the healthy state of our BG control and eating habits.  I have nothing to add here but: Oy vey!


2 Responses

  1. Scott K. Johnson
    Scott K. Johnson October 19, 2006 at 6:56 pm | | Reply

    My eating habits and choices are, by far, the biggest problem area for my (lack of) D control.

    So what do I do about it when I’m feeling bad about those habits and choices?

    Yep, eat something.

  2. AmyT
    AmyT October 19, 2006 at 7:42 pm | | Reply

    Hey Scott,
    Lately I’ve been having the same issue. I’m not quite sure if it’s frustration with working so hard and not achieving my aggressive goals, or spending to much time around free-munching friends, which always makes me feel deprived. And I thought some positive socializing was supposed to be good for you… grrr…

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