Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Emotional Eating

It is a vicious cycle when you rely on food to heal what ails you especially since chances are the food you’re eating is not of the healthy kind. Junk food makes great comfort food, but it won’t help you in your quest to lose weight. What you need to do is break yourself out of the pattern of emotional eating. It is not easy to do on your own.

Emotional Eating is the practice of consuming large quantities of food usually comfort or junk foods in response to feelings instead of hunger. Experts estimate that 75% of overeating is caused by emotions. Many of us learn that food can bring comfort, at least in the short-term. As a result, we often turn to heal emotional problems, eating becomes a habit preventing us from learning skills that can effectively resolve our emotional distress. Depression, boredom, loneliness, chronic anger, anxiety, frustration, stress, problems with inter-personal relationships and poor self-esteem can result in overeating and unwanted weight gain.

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