By Bob Otieno
Emotional eating is when people use food to deal with feelings instead of to satisfy hunger. We have all been there, finishing a whole bag of chips out of boredom or downing cookie after cookie while cramming for a big test. But when done, emotional eating can affect weight, health, and well-being.
Emotional eating patterns can be learned. For instance, a child who is given candy after a big achievement may grow up using it as a reward for a job well done.
A child who is given cookies to stop crying may learn to link the snack with comfort.
How can you control it?
• First, do a reality check and understand the difference between real hunger and emotional cravings. Learning to become more mindful in these moments can help you break that pattern of automatic reactivity.
• Uncover your true emotions and get professional help to fully deal with anything that is causing you ill feelings like pain, sadness or anger.
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