Emotional eating is impulsive overeating when in emotional distress. The reason behind emotional eating is emotional upheaval from which a person is going through rather than hunger satisfaction. A person tends to binge on a variety of food items, especially favourites. This binge eating results in unwanted and unintended weight gain that can inbred several health complications, such as lifestyle disorders (obesity, diabetes and heart attack).
Almost everyone has his/her own comfort foods that he/she likes to gorge on in a particular state of mind/mood. People tend to binge on potato chips or French fries when feeling bored. Similarly, people, who have to face several stressful episodes in a day, tend to hold on to a pizza slice instinctively. Those who are upset tend to gorge on sugary things, such as sweets, cookies, candies and ice cream in particular. Emotional eating is a result of emotional and mental distress, which a person wants to compensate by eating food irrespective of the quality/quantity of food he/she is taking.
Due to emotional distress, a person indulges in emotional eating or binge eating in which he/she eats in excess because of the distraction caused by the negative emotions or feelings. The indulgence involves excess of fatty and oily food rather than healthy food options. Emotional eating triggers overeating and a person ends up with extra pounds added to his/her present weight.
If you continue to eat until you feel nauseated, you surely have a problem with impulsive overeating. Talk to your health care provider at the earliest.
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