Coping Skills for Emotional Eating
Emotional eating is overeating in order to relieve negative emotions and is considered an unhealthy coping strategy. If an someone frequently engages in emotional eating, it can increase their risk of developing other eating disorders like: binge eating disorder, bulimia nervosa, or anorexia nervosa. Emotional eating can also be a sign of existing eating disorders. Because emotional eating is used to manage negative emotions, learning healthy and more effective coping strategies can be helpful in managing a person’s relationship with food.
Some healthy coping strategies are:
- Problem Solving
- Naming your mood
- Social Support
- Healthy Distractions
If you are concerned that your (or a loved one’s) emotional eating is out of control, it might be time to seek help. Please reach out to a psychologist, certified Eating Disorder specialist, dietician, psychiatrist or medical doctor. At the Town Center for Eating Disorders BLOOM Programs, we offer comprehensive intensive outpatient treatment (IOP) for individuals struggling with eating disorders. A healthier relationship with food is possible.
Wikipedia 2017, Emotional Eating, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emotional_eating
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