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What's the definition of emotional eating?

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Emotional eating means turning to food for comfort, not because you’re hungry. That bag of potato chips and those chocolate chip cookies may appeal when you feel bad. But the relief doesn't last, and it can make you overeat and gain weight. You can learn other ways to manage those feelings, so that you have don't reach for unhealthy foods when you feel sad, stressed, anxious, or angry.

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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