As human beings, we are almost all guilty of emotional eating. The problem with emotional eating is when it becomes a habit. When it becomes a habit, we associate sadness or happiness with food. When we are sad, our brain starts to tell us that food will cheer us up. This mindset leads to obesity and other diseases that can drastically change your life. Technically, binge eating is an eating disorder.
“Comfort foods are foods a person eats to obtain or maintain a feeling,” says Brian Wansink, PhD, director of the Food and Brand Lab at the University of Illinois. “Comfort foods are often wrongly associated with negative moods, and indeed, people often consume them when they’re down or depressed, but interestingly enough, comfort foods are also consumed to maintain good moods.”
If you think you may be feeding your feelings with emotional eating, it’s important to do whatever is necessary to get help for overeating that occurs under emotional distress. Popular methods for treating emotional eating include visiting a hypnotherapist or psychologist. It’s also important to know compulsive overeating symptoms.