Emotional eating is a lot harder to control. Food is the comfort for so many of our feelings, some very deep routed. Food is also responsible for our guilt.......comfort at the beginning but self loathing to follow. We were taught from a young age that overeating is 'greedy' even 'disgusting' and sweet food is a 'treat' or a 'reward' for 'being good'. There is no surprise when our emotions are out of control and we reach for food (we feel the need to treat ourselves at our lowest moments) and then despise ourselves for being 'greedy and disgusting'. The cycle is so damaging. In this unkind society of 'looking for perfection' and disregard for those who are not flawless just push these 'deep routed' issues to uncontrollable levels.This severely affects individuals mental health and emotional concerns. If you suffer from emotional overeating you must always remember:
- you do not have 100% control over your food consumption and weight gain
- it is not your fault for overeating and gaining weight
- it is not purely will power that controls moderation, weight loss and nutritional health.