I.I have been an emotional eater my whole life.
A.It started right around 3rd grade and continued to haunt me into my adulthood. B.By the time I was 22, I was considered morbidly obese.
1.I weighed 356 pounds.
2.My Body Mass Index was 48.
C.On December 23, 2003 I underwent the Gastric Bypass Surgery and ended up losing 160 pounds. II.Today, I would like to discuss with you what emotional eating is, the problems it can cause, one particular cause of emotional eating, and the first step in breaking the cycle of emotional eating.
(Let’s start with a brief definition of emotional eating.)
I.What emotional eating is and how is it a problem.
A.To put it simply, emotional eating is using food to avoid or disconnect from feelings of anger, sadness, stress, anxiety, loneliness, boredom, and body dissatisfaction. B.When you eat to feed a mood, you tend to have a specific food in mind and you eat it quickly. It is usually in between meals and involves mindlessness. C.Another big tip off is that you do most of it in private and would feel embarrassed if you were caught say, eating slice after slice of raw cookie dough in the kitchen. D.According to Marilyn Migliore, author of “The Hunger Within”, food is the number one mood altering substance used in the United States. More experts estimate that emotions spark 75% of overeating. E.According to Elizabetta Politi, a nutrition manager at the Duke Diet and Fitness Center in Durham, N.C., it is really easy to comfort yourself with food. 1.Food is always available.
2.Food is not expensive.
3.You can have food at 3 in the morning.