Ever find yourself face deep, eating your guilty pleasure when you were stressed? Ever find yourself over-eating your favorite dessert when you’re emotional?
Sometimes, it’s just in your genes. Although research in this particular field is still developing, it has already found a strong relationship between genetics and emotional eating. There are also strong indications that the same genes that contribute to obesity and depression also contribute to emotional eating.
Emotional eating is both physically and psychologically harmful. Physically there is the risk of weight gain and its corollary ailments like diabetes, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure. In the case of compulsive or binge eating, the original emotional eating is aggravated to a new level.
In the same way that a drug addiction develops out of a tolerance for smaller doses, binging develops out of an increased need to stuff feelings. No amount of food keeps the feelings down, so the emotional eating turns into excessive eating.