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OVEREATING / EMOTIONAL EATING
WHAT IS EMOTIONAL EATING?
Emotional eating is when you eat in response to your
feelings instead of to hunger. Experts estimate that
75% of overeating is caused by emotions.
Emotional eating has become a short term solution
for many people to provide themselves with comfort.
Mistakenly people turn to food to try to heal their
emotional problems and before they realize it, eating
becomes an unhealthy coping skill which prevents them
from learning other coping skills that could more
effectively resolve their emotional distress.
ARE YOU AN EMOTIONAL EATER?
- Do you ever eat without realizing you’re
even doing it?
- Do you often feel guilty or ashamed after
- Do you often eat alone or at odd locations,
such as parked in your car outside your
- After an unpleasant experience, such
as an argument, do you eat even if you aren’t
- Do you crave specific foods when you’re
upset, such as always desiring chocolate
when you’re feeling depressed?
- Do you feel the urge to eat in response
to outside cues like seeing food advertised
- Do you eat because you feel there’s
nothing else to do?
- Does eating make you feel better when
you’re down or less focused on problems
when you’re worried about something?
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN
EMOTIONAL EATING / OVEREATING AND BINGE EATING?
Although Binge Eating may begin as emotional eating,
it goes a step further. While emotional eaters may
eat only for comfort and not to achieve fullness,
binge eaters have a compulsion to keep going until
they are over full.
- A Binge Eating episode is characterized
- Binge Eating episodes are associated with
three or more of the following:
- Eating a larger amount of food than normal
during a short period of time (within any
two hour period)
- Lack of control over eating during the
binge episode (i.e. the feeling that one
cannot stop eating).
- Marked distress regarding binge eating is
- Binge eating occurs, on average, at least
2 days a week for six months
- The binge eating is not associated with
the regular use of inappropriate compensatory behavior
(i.e. purging, excessive exercise, etc.) and does
not occur exclusively during the course of bulimia
nervosa or anorexia nervosa.
- Eating until feeling uncomfortably full
- Eating large amounts of food when not
- Eating much more rapidly than normal
- Eating alone because you are embarrassed
by how much you're eating
- Feeling disgusted, depressed, or guilty