Thousands of people turn to food when they feel stressed, tired, alone, sad, hurt or bored. Emotional eating is a common method that people, especially women, use to reduce or alleviate some rather negative emotions. Food becomes a comfort to these people. However, it is important to note that it is only a temporary solution: the emotion may return to the surface, in addition to feeling remorse or guilt. It is also a coping mechanism that can harm your health as well as increase your risks of obesity and developing an eating disorder.

If you are a person who tends to use food when you experience unpleasant emotions, a psychologist can help you find healthier alternatives to better manage your emotions. Do not be afraid to talk about it and seek professional help. For more information about the relationship between the psychological well-being and obesity, click on this link

Dre Nicole Belliveau, D.Psy.
Resident in psychology