Are you an Emotional Eater?

01/20/2021


Emotional eating has been defined as eating in response to a range of negative emotions, such as anxiety, depression, anger, and loneliness but it can also be a response to positive emotions too, like happiness or excitement. This way, food is believed to be a way to fill a void and create a false feeling of "fullness" or temporary wholeness. Emotional eating implicates that your body doesn't understand the difference between physical and emotional hunger and doesn't follow its natural hunger and satiation cues.


 Do you think you could be an emotional eater? 

Count how many of the following statements apply to you most of the time:

  1. I am preoccupied with food, eating, and weight.
  2. I eat when I am not physically hungry.
  3. I eat very little in public and binge in private.
  4. I eat to comfort myself and relieve distressing feelings.
  5. I tend to eat more when I am stressed, anxious, or depressed.
  6. I graze all day, often needing something in my mouth.
  7. Food has become my friend or my companion of choice.
  8. I sometimes feel hungry even after a large meal.
  9. I allow the scale to determine if I have a good or bad day.
  10. I eat until my stomach hurts or I feel nauseated.
  11. I feel ashamed of myself due to the quantity of food I consume.
  12. I feel powerless over my eating behavior.
  13. I eat before I go to bed at night so I can sleep.
  14. I use food as a reward. I eat when I am bored, tired, or feeling blah.
  15. I eat when I see food ads on TV.
  16. I am secretive about what I eat and how much I eat.
  17. I eagerly anticipate the times I can eat alone. 
  18. I make derogatory jokes about my eating or body size. 
  19. I have tried many diets, unsuccessfully.
  20. I am terrified that I will keep gaining weight.


If you recognize yourself in five or more of these statements, you are probably an emotional eater. Try to search for help and work on changing your eating patterns and improve your relationship with food and your body.


Let me help you to create a nutritional and lifestyle plan to achieve your health goals.