Causes of Over Eating - Emotional reasons
Food is the body's fuel - but it's also much more than that. Most people learn early in life that food serves other purposes besides nutrition.
Using food this way is very common. People eat to reward themselves, celebrate occasions, and entertain others, often allowing food to become the center of social activity.
WEIGHT LOSS Over Eating - Hunger versus Emotional Needs
Successful weight management usually involves developing new insights about emotions, social situations, and food.
WEIGHT LOSS Over Eating and Emotional Triggers
How can you untangle your emotional connections to food? One way is to use a food diary to identify emotional triggers. Keep an accurate record for at least one week of what you eat, when, and where. Include how you feel when you were eating. Ask yourself: What happened today to make me feel this way? You may discover patterns that reveal the emotional cues that cause you to turn to food.
For instance, you might find out that your worst food binges happen on Sunday nights, just as you're anticipating a tough week at the office.
Or maybe your eating seems most out of control around your parents, who find fault with your new love interest. Try to deal directly with your anger. Call a friend and vent your feelings. Take a career class. Talk to a counselor. If you're lonely, reach out to other people. Join a health club. Plan a vacation.
WEIGHT LOSS Stress-related Eating
Stress deserves particular attention. More than two-thirds of overweight adults report that they eat when they're stressed. When you're stressed out, you may eat too much or make unhealthy food choices, such as reaching for a bag of potato chips when you otherwise would eat fruit.
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