The Reasons for Emotional Eating Now

There is a term that is talked about a lot, especially at times of the year where food becomes the protagonist, it is emotional eating. We all know the close and sometimes complex relationship that each person has with food, with our diet; and how in that relationship emotions have a prominent role.

Much of what happens to us in life is related to food: celebrations, events, but we also associate stress, confusion, sadness or anguish with food.

The way we eat is influenced by biological, geographical, social, cultural factors and without a doubt emotional. It is the combination of all these factors that will determine how each of us eat.

This article is going to focus on the emotional factors of food, on emotional eating

We wanted to share the radio space «¡Que te como!» of the weekly Radio 5 program «We are like we want», in which Julia Vidal has participated, for the interesting theme that its director Elena Marquínez proposes to us: Food and emotions.

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  • Emotions and food: the origin of Emotional Eating

 

Food is a social activity

Eating is necessary for life and plays a physiological role in survival. Our biology developed powerful signals that lead us to eat, hunger, or stop eating, satiety . These sensations sometimes go unnoticed or are confused in many people, and with this come some imbalances.

  • In order not to stop eating, and thus achieve the survival of the species, eating had to produce pleasure, and the flavors of food provide it, while eliminating the discomfort we feel with hunger.
  • In short, obtaining pleasure, satisfaction, calm, well-being and comfort in food is a natural response from our “reward mechanism”, but

What does it mean that food also produces emotions such as guilt, fear, lack of control, and even despair?

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Food influences our bodily, cognitive, intellectual and emotional development. In addition, accompanying the physiological function, rituals have always been united, becoming a form of communication with others and one of the most common expressions of our way of understanding life.

From the interaction between the socio-cultural and biological aspects of food, conflicts arise: foods that are not recommended, even forbidden, can be very appetizing, others generate rejection, some obsess us or generate addiction, and many are subject to fashions, others they are an expression of a lifestyle.

Last Words

Food is associated with the cultural and social sphere, but also, and in a very intimate way, with the emotional sphere. Many studies have proliferated that highlight the fundamental role of emotions, in the way we eat and how we relate to food. Of course we cannot forget the role of emotions in so-called eating disorders. A wide set of motivations directs the choice of one food or another. They can even cause a person to establish an inflexible relationship with a food – in both a positive and negative sense.

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