Emotional eating is the tendency of its sufferers to respond to stress by eating, even when not hungry, often high-calorie or high-carbohydrate foods that have minimal nutritional value. The foods that emotional eaters crave are often referred to as comfort foods, like ice cream, cookies, chips, French fries, chocolate and pizza. Most people tend to eat more when stressed, with the least number of them experiencing no change in the amount of food they take when exposed to stress.
Emotional eating can be a symptom of depression or any other mental-health issue in response to momentary or chronic stress. This behavior is highly common and is significant for it can interfere with maintaining diet and contribute to health defects.
Causes, triggers and risks of Emotional eating
Emotional eating is believed to be a result of of a number of factors rather than just one single cause.
Researcher have pin-pointed women and girls are at higher risks of emotional eating because higher eating disorders.
However, other researchers have argued that in some populations, men are likely to eat in response to depressions or anger, and women are more likely to excessively eat in respone to failing a diet.
Stress often results in increased appetite to supply the body with needed fuel to fight of flee, thereby causing cravings for so-called comfort foods.
Psychologically, people who tend to connect food with comfort, power, or for any other reasons than providing fuel to their body can be prone to emotional eating. They may eat to fill an emotional void, when physically full, and engage in mindless eating.
Warning signs of emotional eating
If you have a tendency to feel hunger intensely and all of a sudden rather than gradually . Emotional eaters tend to crave junk foods rather than seeking to eat balanced meals. Sufferers sre more likey to feel a lack of control while eating and often feel gulity of what they have eaten.
How to get over emotional eating?
There is need for emotional eaters to find healthier ways to view food and develop better eating habbits and they have to recognize their triggers before they engage into this behavior.
Its important to manage stress through exercising , since regular physical activity tends to reduce the production of of stress chemicals, even leading to decrease in depression, insomania and anxiety.
Refraining from sever drug use and consuming no more than moderate amounts of alochol are other important ways t deal with stress.
Also avoid over-scheduling yourself at work and at home. Learn to recognize and respond to your atress triggers.