If you respond to any emotional situation—happy or sad—by overeating, and you want to stop, there are solutions. But you’re not going to find them in your refrigerator, on a pastry cart, or in a restaurant. You’ll have to look deeper. First step: Learn to recognize and acknowledge emotional overeating for what it is so you can start eating to satisfy real hunger, and not give in to a habit of using food to distract yourself from dealing with feelings.

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Recognize Addictive Behavior

For years, research studies were devoted to the question of food addiction, whether or not someone could be addicted to specific foods, especially those made with refined products like white flour, sugar, salt, and fat, and if these foods, in turn, were responsible for some overeating and binge-eating behaviors. Since it could not be proven that food itself is addictive, researchers began to look at the addictive qualities of the behaviors. Elements of addiction include engaging in the addictive behavior (such as overeating), losing control, preoccupation with the behavior (eating), finding only temporary satisfaction, and enduring negative consequences (becoming ill or overweight from overeating). 1 (Photo: Unsplash, Rod Long)

Updated: Sep 4, 2019
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