Dr. Sack Talks About Morbid Obesity on Yahoo!

Dr. Sack is featured in a five articles on Yahoo! Voices in a series of articles regarding super morbidly obese individuals and their enablers.

The first article titled, “Why Do Spouses of Bedridden Obese Overfeed Them?” Dr. Sack explains that the person who enables the addict, wants to show their unconditional love and acceptance for the obese individual.  Many of these enablers believe that “providing ‘help’ gives them some sense of control in an unmanageable situation.”

The second article titled, “How Do Bedridden Obese Manipulate Their Enabler?” Dr. Sack discusses that “changes in the chemistry of the brain can cause people struggling with food addiction to manipulate others if that’s what it takes to get more of their drug (food). If the enabler tries to stop enabling, the food addict may use a number of strategies to elicit compliance and may use threats, guilt and heartbreaking pleas that are extremely persuasive, especially when used against someone who is codependent.”

In the third article titled, “Risk Factors for Becoming Enabler of Bedridden Obese” Dr. Sack explains that “anyone can become an enabler, but those with low self-esteem or who have difficulty saying no, expressing feelings, or setting and maintaining personal boundaries are most at risk.” Additionally, Dr. Sack adds that “Enablers believe they are bad or cruel if they don’t help and are afraid of what might happen if they don’t.”

The fourth article titled, “Morbidly Obese Reality Shows Ignore Enabler Issue” Dr. Sack provides commentary about a lack of awareness about the problem. “The public, and even the mental health field, has been slow to recognize that food can fuel addictive patterns in much the same way as drugs like heroin and cocaine. Just as family and friends can enable drug and alcohol abuse, they can become enablers to the food addict or compulsive overeater.”

Finally, the fifth article titled, “What Makes Children of Bedridden Obese Overfeed Them?” Dr. Sack explains how common it for an adult child of addicts to develop their own addictive patterns. “Many struggle with people-pleasing, an overdeveloped sense of responsibility, and fear of rejection or abandonment, which often manifests as codependency and enabling.”

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