Raising Fit Kids: Mood

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How can I figure out the triggers of emotional eating?

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The next time you reach for comfort food, ask yourself, "Why do I want this? Am I really hungry?" If not, try to figure out what you're feeling. Are you stressed, angry, bored, scared, sad, lonely? A food diary -- a record of what, how much, and when you eat -- may help you see patterns in how mood affects what you eat.

Check in with how your kids are feeling, too. If you’re aware of the social and emotional issues they are facing, it will help you guide them to make better choices in dealing with their emotions.

From: How to Change Emotional Eating WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Reeves G. , August 2008. International Journal of Child Health and Human Development

Birch L. , April 2009. International Journal of Obesity

Duarte C. , January 2010. Journal of Pediatrics

Sirriyeh, R. , November 2010. British Journal of Health Psychology

Myrna Weissman, MD, PhD, professor of epidemiology and psychiatry; chief, department of clinical-genetic epidemiology, New York State Psychiatric Institute; Columbia University Medical Center, New York.

Eileen Stone, child and adolescent psychologist, Sanford Health, Fargo, ND.

David Ermer, MD, child and adolescent psychiatrist, Sanford Health, Sioux Falls, SD.

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

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America's Future." "

Reviewed by Amita Shroff on June 18, 2018

SOURCES:

Reeves G. , August 2008. International Journal of Child Health and Human Development

Birch L. , April 2009. International Journal of Obesity

Duarte C. , January 2010. Journal of Pediatrics

Sirriyeh, R. , November 2010. British Journal of Health Psychology

Myrna Weissman, MD, PhD, professor of epidemiology and psychiatry; chief, department of clinical-genetic epidemiology, New York State Psychiatric Institute; Columbia University Medical Center, New York.

Eileen Stone, child and adolescent psychologist, Sanford Health, Fargo, ND.

David Ermer, MD, child and adolescent psychiatrist, Sanford Health, Sioux Falls, SD.

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

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America's Future." "

Reviewed by Amita Shroff on June 18, 2018

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