Emotional eating is a coping mechanism where one eats in response to emotions such as stress, anxiety, sadness, or boredom, rather than physiological hunger.
Emotional eating can be triggered by negative emotions, such as stress, anxiety, boredom, sadness, loneliness, or anger.
Instead of dealing with the underlying emotion, the person turns to food as a way to soothe or distract themselves from their feelings.
Overeating can result from this behavior, and it can also create a cycle of guilt and shame.
In addition, using food to cope with emotions can interfere with a person’s ability to develop healthy relationships with food and make it difficult to stick to healthy eating habits.
Overcoming emotional eating can be challenging, but here are some strategies that may help:
Remember that overcoming emotional eating is a journey, and it may take time to develop new habits and coping mechanisms. Be patient with yourself and celebrate small victories along the way.
Do you think you have an emotional eating problem? Get in touch with a weight loss coach.