Sadness and eating behavior

When we talk about obesityThere are many factors to be evaluated, as we know that there are multiple factors that lead a person to gain weight, which can be genetic, environmental and emotional. Among the emotional factorsIt is clear how much people eat to soothe their pain, thereby increasing their food consumption.

Feelings such as sadness, depression, have proved to be a major trigger of food abuseas a way to dampen the feelings. An emotional problem can cause a significant increase in food, such as triggering real food binges, where the subject attacks the refrigerator and eats everything without thinking.


After this episode of loss of control comes a huge blame for not being able to control himself, further diminishing self-esteem, leading to an even longer compulsive cycle.

As these moments of lack of control begin to become frequent, there is no way to escape weight gain, and we realize how weak our self-esteem is, which generates more sadness and, consequently, a greater possibility of developing a depressive condition.

Overweight and obese individuals suffer greatly from their image, discrimination, demotivation in relation to changes, among several factors that contribute to their isolation, or even to the development of behavioral patterns that damage their self-esteem, distort relationships with people, and diminish the quality of life.


Food appears in this context as a compensatory form of unresolved situations, seeking immediate satisfaction. People who feel trapped in this standard of beauty and seek weight loss are subject to bouts of compulsion, and consequently to feelings of guilt and shame.

Studies show that food has the function of fighting stress, tiredness, anxiety, depression, making clear the relationship of food with the emotional state of individuals.

THE food restriction It turns out to be the most common weight loss strategy, and in some research conducted, it is clear the relationship of this practice to weight gain and energy loss.


In this way a vicious cycle sets in, where the person being sad turns to food, which is the quickest and easiest way to feel good, at least at the moment of ingestion.

It is crucial that we can identify the emotional triggers that lead to these food orgies, so that you learn to use some strategies to contain yourself, learning to eat only to nurture, and not as a way to feel comforted.

This way of dealing with sadness has no benefit, on the contrary, the person gradually gains weight, and the sadness gets bigger and bigger. One situation leads to another, at which point people feel lost, unable to begin a behavioral and emotional change.

As this disease is very complex, it is essential to seek professional help, who will be prepared to assist in this painful process of uncontrollability. Being able to feel welcomed in your pain, in your helplessness is an important step in starting a reunion with yourself.

Being able to look in the mirror and recognize oneself can lead the individual to a greater awareness of the factors that surround his life, the reflection of the lifestyle, the various aspects that are part of the eating process, generating positive results in the diet. search for lean weight and self-esteem.

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