The Type 2 diabetes epidemic is not unique to one country; it is rampant around the world. What is behind this trend? How can you lower your risk of becoming overweight or obese?

Food obsession could be one of the problems. Food obsession is a phenomenon more common than you think. There is more to it than meets the eye. It is not that some people have an obsession with food while others do not: the reality is more complicated.

Food obsession occurs on a spectrum. Meaning there are varying degrees of being obsessed. It's no surprise many people in our society have a food obsession to some extent – just listen to how often people suggest they are on a diet. Nowadays, more and more adults are focusing on trivial details behind their diets which can be overwhelming since the good intentions.

It's fine to be concerned with your total calorie intake and the type of carbs you are consuming if you are trying to lose weight or treat your Type 2 diabetes. But it is too much to consider …

  • every single gram of fat,
  • the ratio of sugar to complex carbs, or the number of
  • calories burned during exercise.

Usually, this means there is more going on behind the scene – food, dieting, and weight management may all be part of the obsession which is an extreme source of stress and anxiety.

There are other clear signs of food obsession to give thought to. Sometimes those times …

  • where you eat uncontrollably and past your limit.
  • when you eat without feeling hungry. Or,
  • when you eat to console yourself.

We all have “bad” days, but this does not mean we need food to make us feel better. Many times it makes us feel worse, especially if we are on a diet to control our blood sugar and help with weight loss.

You should not panic if you have a mild obsession with food, which is likely the case if you are over a healthy weight or dealing with high blood sugar readings. Obsessing over food is, unfortunately, the norm in modern society. Regrettably, many adults deal with a variety of preventable health complications as they age. Food obsession is often the culprit.

The same does not have to apply to you. You can take control of your circumstances. If you have an obsession with food, make it your goal to overcome it. Put a stop to radical eating habits and extreme diets. Start to lose weight in a healthy manner – weight loss should come slowly at a steady rate, so progress is sustainable.

Most of the time, you should be eating to fuel your body with what it needs. Enjoy what you eat is secondary. The problem, however, is most people switch these priorities. With healthy eating, it usually comes down to doing what's right, and not what you feel like doing.

As a Type 2 diabetic, are you disciplined or obsessed in your efforts to control your blood sugar levels?