Why we eat what we eat
In this class, The School of Life resident psychotherapist Charlotte Fox Weber will explore the relationship between food and our emotional health.
Our relationship to food is life-long and for many of us, one of the most complicated we experience.
We have more choice in how and what we eat than our ancestors ever dreamed. But from global corporations encouraging us to indulge in their latest confection to tabloid newspapers body-shaming stick-thin celebrities, we’re bombarded from all sides by confusing and pernicious messages attempting to take control of how we think about food. And that’s not all: our attitudes to food are formed not just by the media and culture we live in, but by upbringing and earliest experiences.
This class isn’t about dieting or losing weight. You won’t come away with half a dozen recipe cards. Instead, we’re going to delve deep into the psychology of food, identifying the relationship between how we eat and how we feel, so we can develop healthier eating habits into our lives. If you find yourself eating poorly when you’re bored, tired, or frustrated: if you skip meals when you’re anxious or rushed or if you eat when you’re full or feel guilty about what you eat, then this class is for you.
We’ll explore the causes of Kummerspeck, the German word for emotional overeating and what we can do about it. We’ll think about how to manage orthorexia, the obsessive pursuit of healthy diets. Most important of all, through experiential exercises and group activity, you’ll explore your own approach to eating, particularly around emotional issues, looking at the influences of culture, family, upbringing and self-image. You’ll leave with an understanding of how eating well can be a vital part of living well, and how to make sure it happens.
- 6.40pm, welcome buffet and drinks.
- 7.00pm, class commences.
- 8.15pm, break (times vary).
- 9.00pm, class finishes.
The School of Life
70 Marchmont Street
London WC1N 1AB
We offer a 30% standard ticket price reduction for students with valid ID, over-65's, those un-waged on JSA and people with disabilities. To claim your discount please call us on 0207 8331010. Please note that we will check your ID for proof of eligibility on arrival at event.
About special events:
In our classroom on Marchmont Street, leading writers, economists, historians, philosophers, psychologists, artists and other thinkers offer provocation, inspiration and consolation in the form of advice for living better.
Each special event is limited to 32 participants, allowing for intimate engagement with the great ideas of our time. Speakers for this strand have been invited by The School of Life to present their own material. Session formats will vary depending on the subject.
For bookings: http://www.theschooloflife.com/london/shop/why-we-eat-what-we-eat/
About the host
Course leader: Charlotte Fox Weber is a UKCP reg MBACP psychotherapist based in London. She started the in-house psychotherapy service at The School of Life.
For more information and bookings, visit http://www.theschooloflife.com/london/shop/why-we-eat-what-we-eat/