Emotional Eating: You Can Stop the Cycle

Emotional Eating - You Can Stop the CycleWe all cope with emotions and stress using different methods. Sometimes these coping methods are problematic. Some people exercise to extremes, others turn to alcohol and drugs and others may develop an eating disorder. Compulsive overeating, also known as binge eating, can have long-lasting emotional and physical consequences. Getting help for your emotional eating will help you to regain control of your life and your health.

Recognizing Compulsive Overeating Symptoms

Many who struggle with a binge eating disorder may wonder if their relationship with food is unhealthy. This is a form of denial, but denial can be overcome by honestly looking at the following symptoms of eating disorders:

  • Binge eaters may eat meals rapidly
  • Sudden or gradual weight gain may indicate compulsive overeating
  • Compulsive overeaters spend a significant amount of time trying out new diets that rarely demonstrate actual results
  • Compulsive overeaters may use prescription or illegal drugs to try and lose weight more rapidly
  • Compulsive overeaters will binge on large amounts of food that may include comfort food favorites
  • Binge eaters will hide their eating from friends and family
  • Binge eaters will experience a deep feeling of shame, embarrassment and humiliation which will lead to eating more food and further shame and depression
  • Depression, anxiety, and other emotional issues tend to go hand-in-hand with binge eating behaviors

Dangers Associated with Emotional Eating

There several complications that can stem from a food addiction. Without professional treatment these complications can become life-threatening. Some of the complications may include the following:

  • Obesity which can cause a range of additional physical and emotional concerns
  • Deeper depression and thoughts of suicide
  • Sleep disorders including sleep apnea
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Elevated blood pressure

Getting Binging Help

A food addiction, like most addictions, can stem from an inability to cope with life stress or past trauma. When you receive binge eating counseling, you can start the process of healing yourself both physically and mentally. Call our toll-free helpline to talk with us about your eating disorder. Calls are completely confidential and provide you with the compassionate guidance you need to stop the cycle of emotional eating. We are here to help 24 hours a day, so please call now.