Emotional eating is eating for reasons other than to provide needed fuel and sustenance to your body or in response to hunger. Food can provide a feeling of comfort and eating is often used to address emotional problems rather than in response to 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."
It is imperative that you recognize the signals that indicate eating for emotional comfort and develop a coping strategy to break this pattern. Lets face it, eating for emotional reasons will likely cause substantial unwanted weight gain which may only reinforce whatever emotional problems you may already be dealing with.
Be conscious of the motivation that causes you to reach for that bag of processed cookies or sugar drink. If you are arent eating for nutrition and/or to assuage normal hunger, you are going to weigh yourself down with unwanted pounds and negatively impact your health. As you consume food, categorize the action and ask yourself whether you are eating to meet emotional needs or true nutrional needs. If the former, take a time out and deal with it before continuing.
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