Very overweight. Constant jaw clenching. Stress. Fixation with "input". Any idea if these things could be related?
I am very overweight, morbidly obese in fact (5' 10", 365 lbs). I am also quite stressed (money/job issues). And I have had a lifelong habit of clenching my jaw. Not a steady clinch, a rhythmic one. Usually in time to a song in my head. My jaws do not hurt, but I have hella jaw muscles. My molars have taken a beating over the years and I have dental problems.
The only time the urge to do that subsides is when I am actually munching on something. I can feel the endorphins calming me when I eat. Then, within half an hour of eating till I am full, I want to munch again and the clenching starts. Lately I have started to note that my jaw clenching may be "priming" my urge to chew food. Is this a thing?
I should also note that I was not overweight as a kid; quite thin, in fact.
If this is related, I also have a thing (I hesitate to use the word "obsession") with input. I feel the need to constantly be reading, learning. I know this seems silly, but this scene from the movie "Short Circuit" hit this feeling on the head for me as a kid: http://youtu.be/Pj-qBUWOYfE
I read voraciously. When I got my first Internet connection, I went nuts. I also loved Encarta. Now my Wikipedia app sees more use than Facebook. I can't describe the connection between these phenomenon very well, but there is a similar feeling for me with eating.
I am throwing this all out there in the hope that someone knows something I don't.