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What does it mean to be a emotional eater and how do you know you are one?

What is it? How do you know you are one? And why do they do it?

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An emotional eater is someone who eats a lot (mostly junk foods, or unhealthy stuff) when they experience certain emotions (feelings) such as sadness or anger. Sadness/depression is the main cause of emotional eating. For example: Let's say your feeling really sad about a situation at school/work. You may start eating a lot of unhealthy foods just to comfort yourself. For some reason it makes your body feel better just eating those junk foods. Being an emotional eater means you eat a lot of junk food when your feeling certain emotions.

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Oh ok thnx!
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Badically, you eat away your emotions. If you find yourself depressed and you tend to eat.. Alot. You may be an emotional eater

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Eww ok I don't do that
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You eat to make yourself feel better. I do that. I'll go and eat my favorite food when I'm upset. I'll make excuses to eat something even if I'm not hungry, or the food is bad for me.

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You eat to feel better. Food is your first impulse when youre sad, scared, stressed, worried, upset, etc.

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If you eat when you are sad to make yourself feel better you are an emotional eater.

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An emotional eater is motivated by the way food makes them FEEL rather than hunger. They'll eat foods they associate with happiness (like chocolate or ice cream) when they feel sad, or foods they find relaxing (like warm soup or tea) when they feel stressed, etc. Smell and taste are closely linked with memory, and eating has an emotional component for everyone--certain foods make you feel a certain way or trigger certain memories. But emotional eaters take that experience to an unhealthy extreme, eating more than they should or more than they need in order to achieve a certain emotional state. It has a lot in common with substance abuse, and at its most extreme, can be just as damaging.

As long as one indulges in moderation, though, emotional eating is pretty benign, and I daresay everyone is guilty of it at one time or another. ;-)

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