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The following are the most common causes that trigger emotional eating:
Pressure, tension and stress
When one is under pressure or stress, our bodies releases the hormone cortisol which is responsible for triggering cravings for junk foods that are loaded with sugar, salt and fat. This hormonal imbalance caused by stress causes emotional eaters to completely go nuts over food and propels them to seek for the worst of junk foods in order to set abate their hunger and cravings. Hence if stress in your life isn’t tamed properly, it is highly likely you’ll turn to food to alleviate stress.
Emotions that are not dealt with properly – Instead of dealing with their emotions such as anger, depression, boredom, embarrassment, fear etc through healthy means, emotional eaters resort to eating as a temporary fix to suppress their feelings. While food will help you to numb or block out those emotions temporarily, it certainly won’t help you in the long run. In fact, the guilt of the overeating will bring on more stress and depression, which will make you want to stuff your face again!
Eating out with your friends and family is an open invitation to overeating. Since everyone around you is eating, it simply makes emotional eaters comfortable enough to indulge without feeling guilty.
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