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How can you prevent emotional eating?

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When you notice that you are about to eat because you don't feel good, look for healthy things you could do until the urge to eat passes. Also, keep a food diary. Write down what and when you eat, and what thoughts or emotions you have at each meal or snack. You may find patterns. For instance, you might notice that you eat for social reasons, such as when other people encourage you to eat or to fit in with a group.

You may also want to work with a counselor in "talk therapy." It's a good place to plan other ways to handle your emotions and how you relate to food.

From: How to Stop Emotional Eating WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: "Weight-loss help: Gain control of emotional eating."

TeensHealth: "Emotional Eating."

American Psychiatric Association: "Eating Disorders."

CDC: "Healthy Eating for a Healthy Weight."

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on May 11, 2018

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: "Weight-loss help: Gain control of emotional eating."

TeensHealth: "Emotional Eating."

American Psychiatric Association: "Eating Disorders."

CDC: "Healthy Eating for a Healthy Weight."

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on May 11, 2018

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