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Why Do People Binge Eat?

End Binge EatingBinge eating, the practice of eating compulsively for periods at a time, is usually caused by emotional triggers that cause bouts of excessive overeating. However, knowing the common triggers that cause binge eating can help you notice an onset before you’re engaged in an unhealthy food situation.

What are common binge eating triggers?

There are six common triggers that nudge on binge eating periods. They include: feeling stressed out or unsafe; a poor self image; low self esteem; a lack of a good support system; and not being able to process emotions in a healthy manner.

These six triggers are deeply rooted in emotional behavior. Coupled with an unhealthy approach to food, this can create problematic behaviors that can derail a good healthy eating plan.  However, if you take time to understand and accept these feelings, it can help you avoid unhealthy food situations and make better eating decisions that will help you improve your health.

A Ring of Unhealthy Decisions.

One of the biggest problems that spur on binge eating are restrictive diets. They force dieters to focus on unhealthy food and exercise extremes, which cause dieters to stress out, feel out of control, and overeat. This behavior, in turn, make them judge themselves and leads to more overeating and unhealthy thinking overall.

Combatting Bad Behaviors.

Knowing what emotions and behaviors will push you towards a binge eating session can help you prevent yourself from making unhealthy eating choices. Make sure that you:

•    Eat at regular intervals throughout the day so that you aren’t overly hungry.

•    Remember that your feelings and emotions are valid.

•    Minimize your time and exposure to unhealthy situations.

•    Develop a strong support system to encourage and push you to make healthy decisions.

The Hungry Heart Program can help you take control of your binge eating by helping you understand what emotions and behaviors are triggering this response. Contact us to find out how we can help you build a more positive relationship with food and create a healthier lifestyle for the future.

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