Emotional eating is the practice of sometimes eating vast quantities of food items, often enough junk food, to suppress one's own emotional turmoils or pains, which can be several factors at once. For this short article of ours, we are going to go over ways to help control emotional eating for both men and women. Let us start.
Step One: Being There For Them
If the person who is suffering from this problem, the first thing to do to help them is to be there for them. Overcoming and controlling emotional eating requires a loving support group of family or friends who can be there for the victim, to help them through this ordeal.
The victim of this disorder needs to know that they have people to lean on, to see that they have loved ones who will not turn their backs on them or laugh as they struggle to understand and come to terms with not just the cause of the problem, but how to handle the outlying situation, as well.
Without that level of support, without that knowledge that the victim has a safety net to fall into if things get too rough for them, they are very much likely to fall back into the habit of emotionally overeating to bury their feelings and or problems away. That is why the first step is to be either a support pillar for your friend or family or find that support pillar if you are a victim yourself, my friends.
Step Two: Teaching
As fantastic as it is to be that level of emotional and physical support for your friend or loved one, the victim of this disorder needs to learn in a kind and loving manner on how to view and develop a more natural and kind-hearted view towards eating habits. They need to be able to learn once more how to say no to that bag of chips and yes to that salad instead.
Another part to this, which is equally important as the previous steps is to learn what it is that triggered this change in appetite, to begin with? There is almost always an outside force that caused this crippling dependency on junk food to arise in the first place. Often enough, these outliers can be from stress, anger, sadness, frustration, emotional turmoil, and abuse, to just plain boredom.
Whatever it is, try to figure it out (if the victim does not outright tell you), and try to help them move on from that trigger, else they are just one word or action from relapsing into this state again.
Step Three: Exercise
Once you get through those first two steps, the next important thing to actively keep up with your friend or loved one is exercise and dieting. Emotional stress eating can often lead to a more sedentary lifestyle where the victim usually does not engage in strenuous activity in his/her day, save to take care of themselves and their biological needs and necessities.
While this might seem obvious to some, it is not as clear-cut to the victim of this disorder, and when it is, they often feel a deep level of shame and guilt for eating like this, thus fueling and perpetuating this cycle of consumption further.
That is why being there is extremely important for the road to recovery. The victims of this disorder need to know someone is there to hold their hand and guide them through this long journey of recovery, and that includes helping them by exercising with them.
Step Four: No Drugs And Or Alcohol
Okay, now, this is a vital step on the road to recovery for individuals like this. Those suffering from emotional stress eating need to do their absolute best to avoid taking drugs and alcohol. Not only because both of these substances can have adverse effects on a person depending on the type and quality they consume, but also can lead to further addictions.
Drugs and alcohol are notorious for being addictive and dangerous substances, as such people who are suffering from this disorder might feel more inclined to indulge themselves in these activities.
Please try to resist that urge, my friends, as not only can that be dangerous, but they also risk forming yet ANOTHER coping mechanism that prevents the victim from facing their problems directly, especially if they are now dealing with yet another disorder such as alcoholism.
Step Five: Understand This Takes Time
The last step I have for those suffering from emotional eating disorders is to understand that getting better takes time. I know this is cliché, but it is true. Getting better takes time, time and effort. As someone who has struggled with eating all their lives, I understand the stress and the pain, but I promise if you are willing to put in the effort and seek out help, you can and will get better.
It just takes time, but I promise with effort from yourself, and energy from friends and loved ones, things will get better.
Final Thoughts And Opinions
Emotional eating (or stress eating), is a problem that many individuals from around the world face every year. I can only hope that this article of ours, in some shape or form, helps anyone suffering from eating disorders; and if you are one, understand that you are loved no matter what.
Thank you, and have a beautiful day.