Skip Nav
Intermediate Workouts
Incinerate Fat and Build Muscle With This Kickass Printable Workout
Healthy Recipes
Eat Like a Cavewoman: 42 Perfectly Paleo Recipes
Healthy Eating Tips
Nutritionists Reveal What to Eat at Lunchtime to Lose Weight

Are You an Emotional Eater?

While food is fuel for our bodies, people eat for all sorts of reasons: gluttonous tendencies and eating out of boredom are just a few. But most of the people I know that eat when they're not hungry, primarily do it because of emotional reasons.

I'd be lying if I said that I never emotionally eat. There have been a few times when a satisfying dish or dessert was my remedy to a stressful day. Food — good food, especially — is a great distraction to the problems people might be facing. But it can become a serious problem when you lose sense of how much and what kind of food you're eating or regularly turn to food as an escape. Are you the type of person that relies on food therapy to make it through the day?

Image Source: Thinkstock
Join The Conversation
Emily-Co Emily-Co 6 years
I don't eat to make myself happy, but I do get happy when I'm eating good food!
lilxmissxmolly lilxmissxmolly 6 years
I'm not an emotional overeater, really. I crave different foods, but I've learned to keep things in a good balance. A few cookies or some ice cream or fine- it's when you're full and feeling sick and still keep eating that it's a problem.
Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 6 years
Yes I am. I've never been obese but I've been borderline overweight a couple times- it's definitely something I've become better at managing.
Spectra Spectra 6 years
I'm not, really. If I'm tired or cranky or moody, I take my aggression out by working out or chewing gum. Or I munch on veggies. I don't really eat chocolate when I'm moody or anything like that.
HoneyBrown1976 HoneyBrown1976 6 years
I am most definitely an emotional eater.
guavajelly guavajelly 6 years
Yes! But if I want to eat when I'm not hungry I try to drink tons of water and then I'm to stuffed with fluids to chow down
amber512 amber512 6 years
Not as much as I used to, but it definitely still happens.
Marshmelly411 Marshmelly411 6 years
When I'm feeling sad or stressed, I actually eat much less. I usually only enjoy food more when I'm in a good mood...its weird. haha. That being said, sometimes I will eat more if I'm bored.
JessieSP JessieSP 6 years
I think we've all done the emotional eater deal. I know I can be one but I don't do it that often. It's actually very rare. I just try to make healthier eating choices nowadays. As you get older weight is harder to lose, we all know that one. That's why I changed.
ticamorena ticamorena 6 years
yes. my primary response to anxiety, stress or even simply feeling "hormonal" is to put something in my mouth. back when, it used to be cigarettes. then i quit. followed by gum. which i - very reluctantly - quit (due to headaches, stomach pain, tooth pain etc), now i "chew" the cross i wear on my neck, or my earphone cables, a pen lid. sometimes i will suck my thumb. often, i just binge eat. they're habits i pray to get over, but it's often the most immediate way to feel pacified (funnily, i never had a pacifier growing up nor did i suck my thumb until my late teens).
Lo-Lo291303 Lo-Lo291303 6 years
I *can* be, yes. After a hard day, I may say, "I deserve a Peppermint Mocha from Starbucks", or I'll use my sushi dinner as something to look forward to that will help me get through my day.
Common Signs of ADD/ADHD
Quick Weeknight Family Meals
Tips For Being Induced Into Labor
Sexiest HGTV Star of 2016 Poll
From Our Partners
Latest Fitness
All the Latest From Ryan Reynolds