Raising Fit Kids: Mood

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What are satisfying alternatives that help me cope up with stress instead of emotional eating?

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Once you know why food makes you feel better, you can think of other ways to handle your feelings. Frustrated because you feel like you’re not in control? Go for a walk on a path you choose. Hurt by a co-worker's mean comments? Take it out on a punching bag, or make a plan to talk it out. Bored? Distract yourself by calling a friend or reading a book.

If you deny yourself all treats, that can lead to cravings and binge eating. Allow yourself to have small portions of your favorite foods from time to time.

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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