Do You Have an Emotional Eating Disorder


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Does it happen to you that you gain weight during times when you are under stress? Do you not like boredom at all because you know that you will just eat mindlessly to fill that time? These are only few of the symptoms of emotional eating disorder. If you suspect that you might be suffering from this very common eating disorder, you may compare yourself against these common symptoms and signs of emotional eating.

Signs of Emotional Eating Disorder

Mindless eating

When you are suffering from emotional eating disorder or binge eating disorder, you will just keep stuffing your mouth with food without realizing what you are doing and without enjoying the real taste of the food. It is like you are out of it and just stuff your mouth without realizing what you are doing.

Guilty feelings

Most people who are with emotional eating disorder feel very embarrassed and start hating themselves when they are done with binge eating. And the bigger problem is that they end up eating even more with these feelings because they again search for more food for comfort in distress.

Secret eating

Many emotional eaters will try to eat in hiding while they binge eat their naughty foods so that no one is looking at them. They do this because of saving themselves from feeling embarrassed.

Food always on mind

Do you feel that only food is on your mind most of the time? Do you not consider leaving the house without either snacks in your hands or with money in your pocket to buy food? When you are constantly thinking about food, also called food obsession, it is a clear sign of emotional eating disorder.

Feeling of sickness

Many a time emotional eaters will binge eat and then get a feeling of sickness after this indulgence with food. This is of course one way of body telling you that you have eaten way more than was required. However, those with emotional overeating issues ignore all this and still go on their next eating binge.

Identify the triggers

Emotional eating generally originates with some triggers. Mostly these are emotions but this needs to be looked at with more specific details. When you identify your personal triggers, this can go a long way in your struggle for overcoming emotional eating disorder. Some of the most common triggers are:

Emotional – when you eat to get over stress, anxiety or boredom

Psychological – You start eating in response to negative thoughts or when you are feeling very low

Environmental – Sometimes you overeat just because of the presence of an opportunity to overeat. You may also overeat while doing other activities like watching TV or reading.

If any of the above signs and symptoms describe your situation, then you are suffering from emotional eating disorder. However, you need not despair. Many treatment options for emotional overeating exit. Seek advice from your physician or therapist to get help.