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Are we failing to address emotional eating properly?


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Initial post: Jul 8, 2010 2:42:40 PM PDT
I'm getting really annoyed with a lot of what's out there about emotional eating. First off, though, let me say that I am so happy it is finally an issue taken seriously instead of just fad diets who do our intellect no justice.

That said, as I am looking for meaningful information on the topic I find articles such as this: 10 Tips to Stop Emotional Eating on About.com. There are several tips in here which certainly make sense: purge the kitchen, exercise, write in your journal, find something positive to do.

Yeah, and then what?

What about the source, the underlying cause, the subconscious habit, the emotional stress which leads us to emotional eating? What about a history of negative self image and poor coping skills?

And why are we so afraid to address that, instead of the superficial solutions to the symptoms of real emotional pain? Where is the emotional healing?

Posted on Sep 8, 2010 7:38:11 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 8, 2010 7:40:16 PM PDT
foodfun says:
food addiction and emotional eating are psychological conditions that need to be treated as such. many people probably have an underlying chemical imbalance that greatly contributes to this behavior.

Posted on Sep 8, 2010 10:05:37 PM PDT
I suspect emotional eating is a problem for the majority of overweight people and I think most people don't address it or even recognize it. It's hard to recognize emotional eating. We blame physical hunger, lack of control or even poor eating habits when the urge to eat arises. Just my two cents.

Posted on Sep 14, 2010 10:01:45 AM PDT
Mark M says:
I don't know if we can ever "resolve" the cause. I think we need to find ways to move past the causes and stop letting them rule us. Sometimes just replacing the habit is enough.
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