What is Your Eating Personality?
The Major Eater Types
In other words, emotional eating is using food to make yourself feel better—eating to satisfy emotional needs, rather than to satisfy physical hunger. You might reach for a BIG BURGER when you want to celebrate a promotion, order a pizza if you’re bored or lonely, or swing by the drive-through after a stressful day at work.
Occasionally using food as a pick me up, a reward, or to celebrate isn’t necessarily a bad thing. But when eating is your primary emotional coping mechanism—when your first impulse is to open the refrigerator whenever you’re stressed, upset, angry, lonely, exhausted, or bored—you get stuck in an unhealthy cycle where the real feeling or problem is never addressed.
Emotional hunger can’t be filled with food. Eating may feel good in the moment, but the feelings that triggered the eating are still there. And you often feel worse than you did before because of the unnecessary calories you’ve just consumed.
The ideal eater, of course, exists only in the abstract. Yes the description can serve as a baseline against which we can measure our own eating habits. You may be more than one type. Recognize your own tendencies so you can spot problems and create new behaviours to achieve your wellness and weight management goals.
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