We live in a food-focused society. The true physical signs and symptoms of hunger are often ignored and overshadowed by a deeper connection to food. This connection might be an emotional one, whereby we eat to feed our emotions rather than physical needs. It might be symptomatic of our cultural obsession with consumption.
Food is also given a lot of power in our lives: It can make us feel happy, sad, and guilty. Diets encourage us to restrict our consumption of foods, or to take the pleasure out of eating altogether. When we "fail" at a particular diet strategy, we are left feeling depleted, disappointed, and even angry.