There are many emotions or events that can contribute to overeating. The foods we eat when we are emotional can be less nutritious options, higher in calories and are often those higher in added sugar and fats. Some of these foods may seem addictive. This is because they release trace amounts of mood elevating hormones. Consequently, eating these foods can feel like they help manage negative emotions.
Food can also be a distraction. If you are worried about an upcoming event or situation eating can be a welcomed distraction. However, once you have finished eating, your attention returns to your woes with the addition of a feeling of guilt from overeating.
The emotions that trigger overeating are strong. There are, however, strategies to assist in overcoming these emotional triggers for eating.