Getting Emotional Eating Under Control

Emotional eating, which is sometimes called compulsive eating or food addiction is all about having a obsessive relationship with food. When people who are suffering from this take part in uncontrolled eating or binge eating. The person usually eats way past the point of being full.

You feel out of control and that feeling can really take a toll on your self esteem. Guilt and depression are a result.

Compulsive eating usually leads to weight gain and obesity, but don't assume that everyone who is obese is an emotional eater. A person who is relatively thin can also be affected by this.

Left alone, this behavior can lead to major health issues, such as high cholesterol, heart disease, heart disease, hypertension, sleep apnea, kidney disease, arthritis, bone deterioration and can even cause a stroke.

Here are some signs and symptoms:

  • Eating faster than normal
  • Eating alone alot because of a sense of embarrassment
  • Guilt from overeating
  • Preoccupation with body weight
  • Mood swings
  • Awareness that eating patterns are strange
  • Rapid weight gain or sudden onset of obesity
  • Significantly decreased mobility due to weight gain
  • History of weight fluctuations
  • General withdrawal from activities because of embarrassment about weight
  • History of many different unsuccessful diets
  • Eating little in public, but maintaining a high body weight
  • Very low self esteem and feeling need to eat greater and greater amounts

Emotional eaters can consume from 5,000 to 15,000 calories daily(Yikes). But eating that much soothes your stress and makes you feel calm for a short period of time. Similar to a high from a drug addiction. I mean it can release serotonin(the stuff that makes you feel good) in the brain.

So when you stop, you get depressed faster because you don't have that sweet sweet serotonin.

It is just not worth it. The down fall is much longer and deeper than the up swing.

If you are suffering from this, getting professional help is the way to go. 80% of sufferers get better and don't see any symptoms. Therapy can include talk therapy, medical and nutritional counseling.

The emotional problems that are usually the cause needs to be addressed. But you can do this, you do not have to suffer anymore.

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