Emotional eating: like all types of disordered eating, emotional eating is more common among women than men… It is estimated that 75% of overeating is due to emotional stress. Emotional eaters turn to foods that are high in fat and calories because they can provide temporary pleasure and comfort. In the book ‘French Toast for Breakfast, ‘ author Mary Ann Cohen defines emotional eating as “being hungry from the heart and not from the stomach”

People who struggle with emotional eating have difficulty identifying and processing their emotions. If you are an emotional eater and want to change, becoming more aware of your emotions is a crucial step towards healing. Try looking at the feelings list to assist you with tuning in to your emotions. These emotions may lead you to eat when you aren’t physically hungry. To avoid overeating first try to identify what it is you are feeling. If it isn’t physical hunger than what is it? Take the emotional eating quiz