I just returned from the Multi-service Eating Disorder Association (MEDA) conference in Needham, MA and was blown away by Janina Fisher’s presentation called Healing Broken Bonds:Traumatic Attachments and Affect Regulation. Her work with Sensorimotor Psychotherapy and disordered eating was exciting and informative.
Babies are learning through their bodies about how to regulate arousal through the care takers in their lives. As we grow up we still have body memories and this can sometimes make it hard to find our optimal arousal level internally. In face we can start to use food to cope with feelings of too much arousal like anxiety