Dr. Gabor Mate said this quote when he was doing a talk on “Emotional Eating and Addiction”. He said discussed the benefits of teaching ‘mindful eating’. It is helpful not only in controlling what you are doing in the moment, but also it helps us understand why we need soothing from food. He advises people to observe what they are experiencing and feeling while they are eating. Notice what food does for you he says. What it reminds you of. What state it puts you in. Because, like any addiction, it is an attempt to solve a problem.