Eating to Feel Happy: The Psychological Origins of Compulsive Eating

Eating to Feel Happy: The Psychological Origins of Compulsive Eating


There’s no doubt about it, for many people, eating is a psychological game. Bingeing may be the most common food disorder in the United States. Almost everyone overeats occasionally, but, what separates these situations from bingeing is the loss of control. Compulsive overeaters consume a large amount of calories in a short period of time. Unlike bulimics, they don’t purge after these episodes, so they tend to gain weight. Many of them struggle with feelings of shame and depression. The depression associated with the disorder is a constant health problem. It can lead to diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, gallbladder disease, heart disease and certain types of cancer.

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Whoever Said that Mealtime Doesn’t Make Them Happy, is a Liar!

Why do people become binge eaters? No one is really sure, but depression, impulsivity, and other emotional problems have something to do with it. Food makes people feel happy. Maybe brain chemicals and metabolism affect it, too. Maybe genes are involved, since it often occurs in several members of the same family.

On a more personal note, there is something else – I believe that my eating disorder stems from dieting and self-deprivation. The psychological game of where my next meal is going to come from is mind blowing. Common sense should tell me that I’m not going to starve. But, the ice cream in the freezer keeps calling my name and I can’t resist the jumbo bucket of popcorn at the movies. Powerful forces in my mind that I don’t recognize, must be driving me to binge. So, instead of just going on a diet, maybe I need to change the way I approach food.

Tips on Ways to Approach Food

Structure your mealtimes
Set rules like not snacking between meals
Change the way you think about food
Learn to enjoy the foods you can control
Practice how you’ll respond to situations that set you up to to overeat

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