Eating Disorder: Do you eat your feelings?

Unhealthy emotional states make people do all sorts of things. Many look for an outlet, some turn to their friends for sessions of gab and sob fests, some drink, some do drugs, some inflict pain on themselves and some turn to food. Many of these outlets are not healthy, but this article will talk about the dangers of using food to assuage whatever emotional turmoil you might be going through.

Post break-up scenes in movies almost always involve people lying in couches for days, watching TV in a daze with food wrappers scattered constantly munching or chewing on something as if their life depended on it. This gives out the idea that depressed people in general eat to feel better. But this practice should not be validated at all given that binge eating is actually a form of self-destruction.

Overweight Woman Relaxing On SofaSpecialists say that for binge eating from emotional triggers often comes from depression and/or a low self-esteem. Individuals who feel unloved find false comfort in food by using it as an alternative for love and by filling a void inside of them. But eating hardly stabilizes one’s emotional state. Even so-called comfort food when eaten in bulk simply makes one feel sluggish and possibly sick since too much calories and carbohydrates destabilizes nutritional states.

It is important to acknowledge that you are binge eating and even more important to understand and acknowledge why. If you are eating way beyond your hunger level, meaning you eat not because you are hungry and have a hard time stopping, you may be an emotional eater. You must assess why problems or emotional void you are trying to fill and acknowledge, however difficult, that food is not an alternative for love.

It may be helpful to realize that you are not alone. Eating disorders have become more and more common in the contemporary consumerist societies wherein unrealistic standards on beauty prey on those with low self-esteem and self-worth. However, you must also realize that the repercussions are serious: obesity comes with a host of potentially fatal diseases.

One good way to address the problem of overeating is to find a healthier alternative for problems. Whether you find people you trust to talk to, find a favorite sport or develop a new hobby. You do not have to give up on your favorite food altogether but moderation is the key. Do not have high-calorie comfort food lying around the house. Many delicious and tasty healthy low-calorie snacks are available in the market so opt for those instead. Lastly, build an exercise routine. But you most condition yourself that you exercise not because you do not look good but because it makes you feel good. It is important to reinforce a positive self-image to avoid a relapse into emotional eating.