Dear Jonny, Eating As A Coping Behavior?
I have a girlfriend who beelines for McDonald’s and their 20 pack of chicken nuggets every time she finds out I’ve gone to the strip club. She is closer to fat than skinny and I know that crap can’t be good for her either way. Is this unusual behavior? What do you suggest I do?
This is in no way unusual behavior. Countless people turn to food as a method to cope with stress. I dated a woman whose morbidly obese mother found solace from her fast-paced job via baking a massive pan of Rice Crispy squares, every night after work. Into this prodigious dessert she would place three entire sticks of butter. Into her stomach this entire dessert would go. Every night. All of it. And I can think of numerous other examples of similar behavior. Food is a remarkably powerful, comforting escape. But escape too often into the wrong kinds of food, and you’re going to fuck yourself up. As is the case with deep fried chicken nuggets. What do I suggest? Perhaps you should cut back on your trips to the strip club. In my experience, most strippers aren’t worth the first green dollar you tuck into their corroding g-strings. Another option is stocking the freezer with one of the better brands of meatless chicken nuggets, which, aside from being a much healthier option for your girlfriend, are virtually indistinguishable from the real thing. But what I think you should really do is plop your girl in front of a computer, let her read this, and then have a go at talking things out.