Do you tend to eat more when you are stressed? Do you eat when you’re not hungry or when you’re full? Do you eat to feel better and to soothe yourself when you are experiencing painful emotions? Have you felt guilty for overeating? Do you feel powerless or out of control around food?
Emotional eating can be described as eating large amounts or food, or “junk food” in response to feelings rather than hunger. Depression, boredom, loneliness, chronic anger, anxiety, frustration, stress, problems with interpersonal relationships and poor self-esteem can result in overeating and unwanted weight gain. Experts estimate that 75% of overeating is caused by emotions (http://www.medicinenet.com/emotional_eating/article.htm).
At Trinity Wellness Counseling, we use a comprehensive, holistic approach in treating emotional eating and to support a healthy weight loss program: