The Effects of Emotional Eating
Emotional eating occurs when food becomes a person’s response to certain internal or external emotional cues. Rather than sit with their emotions and the discomfort they bring, the emotional eater will eat comfort foods in an effort to distract themselves from the pain. In most cases, this also involves a sort of compulsive overeating that results in the stomach feeling overly full. Of course, this kind of eating does not come without negative side effects. Following are three of the most common.
After the emotional “danger” has passed and the emotional overeater has eaten, they’re usually filled with remorse and guilt for what they’ve done. This guilt can lead to another emotional eating outburst or low self-esteem.
Because the feeling of food in the stomach serves as a distraction to the emotions they’re trying to avoid, emotional eaters often overeat or eat very quickly and experience stomach pain or nausea later. This can last for one or two days after the actual eating.
Weight-related health problems
Diabetes, high blood pressure, fatigue, and high cholesterol are all health problems that can result from repetitive emotional eating outbursts. It’s not worth risking your health to hide your emotions.
Are you an emotional eater? We would love to hear your views on the subject.