Louise Hay said that the problem is seldom the problem. The “problem” is usually the symptom. America’s obesity condition is a good example. More than two-thirds of Americans are over weight. The U.S. weight loss market was projected to be worth $79 billion in 2018. Is that money treating the symptom or the cause? How many people overeat because deep within they feel insecure, unloved and fearful? How many people reach for food when unconsciously they need love? How many parents give their children fast food instead of their time and love? Louise Hay suggested that if you come to love yourself as you are, the weight will gradually come off. Take care of your mental, emotional diet and your physical diet will soon take care of itself. Replace self-rejection for self-love and your desire to overeat will leave on its own. How do you accomplish this? First you have to release the emotional bond that is driving the frightened, unloved child within to eat. Yes, painful things happened to you in the past and you were hurt and rejected. But now you have to assume responsibility and confront those memories. Second, you release those emotions when you give yourself the gift of forgiveness and surrender those events to God. This does not mean others didn’t do you wrong but it does mean you are breaking the chains holding you to these events. You do the best you can under the circumstances that you know how to do. Remember that whatever you choose to believe is true for you and holds you hostage. Third, allow past events to become emotional free memories that will fade with time and use your power to choose love. Use positive affirmations each day to reprogram your mind. Don’t judge yourself and chase after negative thoughts if they pop up again. Since you have already turned them over to God let them pass as clouds in the sky. Give yourself time. As you gradually feel more love for yourself you will desire to replace food with other feel-good activities.