Emotional eating is utilizing food to cope with emotional stress rather than for nourishment.
Sadness, stress, worry, boredom, and happiness can cause emotional eating. It soothes or distracts.
Mindfulness and self-awareness recognize emotional eating. First, determine the emotions behind it.
While comforting, emotional eating ultimately does little to alleviate emotional distress.
Emotional eating may hinder weight reduction. Calorie-dense emotional eating can induce energy imbalances.
By cultivating awareness when one is eating, one can reduce the risk of overeating due to emotional triggers.
If emotional eating prevents weight reduction, doctors, therapists, and dietitians can assist.