Are You an Emotional Eater?

Katie LairdPsychotherapy

What is emotional eating?

Emotional eating is eating to suppress or attempt to calm negative emotions, like anxiety, fear, sadness, boredom, stress, or loneliness.

How to Know if You’re an Emotional Eater:

  • Do you eat when you’re not hungry?
  • Do you eat to cope with painful emotions, or boredom?
  • Do you feel a loss of control around food?
  • Do you regularly overeat?
  • Do you feel like food is your friend or major source of comfort?

Difference between emotional hunger vs. physical hunger

Emotional hunger comes on suddenly

Physical hunger comes on gradually

Emotional hunger feels like it needs to be satisfied instantly

Physical hunger can wait

Emotional hunger craves specific comfort foods

Physical hunger is open to options—lots of things sound good

Emotional hunger isn’t satisfied with a full stomach.

Physical hunger stops when you’re full

Emotional eating triggers feelings of guilt, powerlessness, and shame

Eating to satisfy physical hunger doesn’t make you feel bad about yourself

The Cycle of Emotional Eating








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