Friday, September 21, 2012

Emotional eating

Emotional eating involves the consumption of large quantities of food, mostly ‘comfort’ and junk food, to suppress negative emotions.

Such emotions include stress, anxiety, uncertainty, guilt, anger, pain, depression, loneliness, sadness or boredom. When the person eat because he is anxious, it is emotionally eating. When the person eat because of happy, it is emotionally eating.

Emotional eating something everyone does to some degree, especially in cultures where people value the preparation and sharing of food.

It is often done secretively and usually involves high calorie, high fat foods. Carbohydrate rich foods simulate the release of a brain chemical called serotonin that regulates appetite, mood and sleep.

It makes perfect sense that the people crave carbohydrate food when feeling blue, since these are the very foods that raised serotonin levels and lift their spirits.

Excessive emotional eating hinders proper weight management. Emotional overeating is not diagnosable eating disorder.

In general, eating for any reason other than nutrition is a form of emotional eating.
Emotional eating
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