My answers to this question are:
1. I love food
2. My huge clothes fit just fine
3. I was comfortable having the freedom to stuff my face and follow my cravings (read: complacent)
What are your answers?
BUT, there may be something novel taking an effect that you hadn't considered...
In the January 6th issue of Obesity, a highly respected and extremely stringent scientific journal, David Val-Laillet and his French collaborators did a very interesting study in mini-swine (a smaller, more domesticated breed of pig).
They were pursuing a trend seen in adult human males-where obese males had less activation (lesser functioning) in the prefrontal cortex of their brains, compared to their lean counterparts.
And, you guessed it, the prefrontal cortex is important for inhibiting inappropriate behavior, feeling full, and meal termination.
So they used age and weight-matched pigs to make sure trends seen were consistent. They then induced obesity in half of them via high fat diet (sound familiar?). They then measured brain flow, which is a measurable way to look at brain activity (this was what was measured in humans too, as stated above). They were looking for brain areas that had activity differences between the fat & thin groups.
They saw MANY activity differences in other areas of the brain between the obese and lean group-but importantly they confirmed that there is less activity in the prefrontal cortex in the chunky piggies.
So they concluded that this reduced pig brain activity most likely corresponds to that seen in humans, and that this change is an 'ACQUIRED FEATURE OF OBESITY'.
What does that mean for us, my lovlies? Getting fat eventually shuts down the area of the brain we need MOST to lose the weight! How counter intuitive is that???? But is this an excuse??? Heck no, we don't need any more excuses!
This study will have to be done in women to confirm the same findings, BUT any of you with a bunch of estrogen (read:women) can probably figure out the ending here without a finished study... I know for me, the fatter I got, the less full I felt, and consuming huge meals were no obstacle.
So-it's not ALL your past issues, love for food, external pressures, enabling environment that made you fatter or kept you heavy. Does this make you feel a little less dysfunctional and mental? There IS a physiological difference between our and 'normal' lean people's brains!
Good-now go eat some damn veggies and burn those cals, since it doesn't matter how we got here-there is one road out (no matter your diet plan, surgery, method). Well two really-but the latter dead end is not a road any of us want to travel...
But maybe we are a lot more similar to each other than we think, at least physiologically speaking...so strength in numbers! Now go take back your prefrontal cortex!!!