The Rise of the Emotional Eaters

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The Rise of the Emotional Eaters
How to Get Rid of Emotional Eating Disorders

Eating Disorders

An eating disorder is a condition characterized by abnormal eating habits and insufficient or excessive food intake that can eventually harm physical and mental health.

The most common types of eating disorders in the United States are bulimia nervosa, anorexic nervosa, and binge eating syndrome.

Bulimia nervosa is an emotional eating disorder characterized by an intense need to eat too much and then feel guilty after having done so. People with this disorder consume a large amount of food in a short time and attempt to purge the food out through self-induced vomiting, the use of laxatives, or excessive exercise.

Anorexia nervosa is characterized by an obsessive fear of gaining weight leading to the unhealthy deprivation of food. Both eating disorders can affect people mentally and physically, and in turn, destroy internal body systems. If not addressed, they can lead to long term sickness or even death.

Binge eating is characterized by loss of control over eating. Most afflicted people are diagnosed with depression and are feeding their feelings.

Binge eaters:

  • Do not practice control over consumption of food.

  • Eat an unusually larger proportion of food at one time - more than an average person would eat.

  • Eat much more quickly when binging as compared to normal eating.

  • Eat until physically uncomfortable and sick due to the amount of food consumed.

  • Eat when depressed or bored.

  • Eat large amounts of food even when not really hungry.

Emotional issues like poor or traumatizing childhood experiences, depression, boredom, loneliness, chronic anger, anxiety, frustration, stress, relationship problems, and poor self esteem cause eating disorders.

Most sufferers of anorexia and bulimia also have body dysmorphic disorder, a psychological condition characterized by excessive concern of a perceived physical feature defect.

Break Away from Emotional Eating

Break the habit before it consumes you. Develop a range of alternative activities to counter the urge to eat. When you reach for food in response to a trigger, try one of the following activities:

  • Go for a walk or a jog

  • Perform deep breathing techniques

  • Talk to your family or friends

  • Do housework

  • Read a book or magazine

Here are the most common treatment options for eating disorders:

  • Behavioral Therapy

  • Nutrition Counseling

  • Medication

  • Inpatient care

  • Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT)

Be sure to consult qualified health professionals before tryings EFT or any of the options mentioned above. To learn more about the natural ways to enhance metabolism and regulate appetite, visit yogic-slim.com.

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