Emotional Eating

January 10, 2010

Behind every eater is an emotional human being. We are programmed to want food and to be satisfied by food. Food is also central to our upbringing, and therefore represents different things to each individual depending on the way their parents dealt with eating and particular foods: Food as love, food as reward, food as punishment.

Similarly, we all have an emotionally charged meaning to the way we view our bodies. How we view ourselves if we are overweight, underweight, like what we see, or get attention from others because of our bodies:  Body as lovable, sexual, vulnerable, strong. Combined, these make eating and dieting have a huge emotional component driving all the behaviors.

The typical emotional stories driving difficulties with losing weight are:

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