Food is a social event. Sharing food is greatly valued and experienced in all cultures. It is a formidable way of fostering closeness and building trust.
Being obsessive about food (either eating too much or too little) is a sign of food being used to medicate one’s feelings and emotions. Food becomes a way to soothe pain and manage stress rather than provide nutrition.
Buried childhood trauma (such as sexual abuse), loneliness, anxiety and depression are some of the hidden influences that push an overeater to pursue the safety and sedation of food.
Do you relate to any of the following?
– I can sometimes satisfy my urge to eat through activities other than eating.
– I eat when I’m not hungry.
– I feel powerless over food.
– I have tried three or more “diets” in the last year.
– I feel shame after eating
– I hide my eating (or not eating) from family members
– My weight “yo-yo’s” over the course of months.
– I generally gain back more weight than I have lost before.
– Addiction runs in my family.
– Trauma is part of my history.
If you answer yes to 3 or more of these you may have an emotional component such as depression or anxiety that influences your eating choices.
If you or someone you love struggles with emotional eating, there is hope. Treatment is available to help you understand the relationship between food and your emotions. I will be holding informational groups to help you learn more about emotional eating. The groups will cost $8.95 for an hour and a half. Call today to attend the next scheduled group.
Deb Baldwin, LIMHP, PLMHP
402-325-0117 ext 7
1001 South 70th Street
Lincoln, NE 68510