A Guide to Emotional Eating

Humans are emotional, social beings and food plays a large role in our interactions with others. Emotional eating becomes problematic when people eat for reasons such as stress, boredom, sadness, anxiety or loneliness. Triggers for emotional eating are not always negative events. For example, some people find they eat when they feel happy or excited.

Studies show people who log their food habits are more successful at weight management. The best way to identify emotional eating is to keep a food journal. In the food journal, use the "5 W's" method to help determine a pattern:

The resources below can help you develop strategies to overcome emotional eating:

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