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What causes you to (over)eat?

Posted Aug 24 2008 4:20pm

Question of the week This weeks question is the direct result of my pizza incident yesterday. Although I've been considering this topic for awhile.

I think there are a few different reasons why we eat. That sounds stupid, but really let's things about what situations cause us to put food in our mouth.

We are actually hungry
This is a given, of course. And I think we really know when our bodies need food. Stomach growling, low energy, emptness.
Celebration
Let's see, it's someone's birthday... we eat cake. Graduation? More cake. Anniversary? Go out to dinner. Holiday? Forgettabout . It seems that an easy way to celebrate any event involves food.
Bored
Yup, sometimes there is just thing else to do but eat.
Peer Pressure
I'm eating so you should be too!
Sad/Depressed
Food comforts a lot of us.
Smells
Ohhh we've all done it. The smell of bread from a bakery or my personal demon, Cinnabon!

I could go on and on. It's seems we may turn to food for many reasons besides just being hungry.

For me stress definitely causes overeating. I used to think I was an “emotional” eater but when I really look back at times I shove food in my mouth it's normally at times I'm feeling overwhelmed, overworked, under appreciated and overall stressed out! For example I find myself shoving bread in my mouth when the toddler is acting up at a restaurant or scoffing down pizza when I have just too many tasks on my plate. I truly think this is the last hurdle I need to overcome.

So how about you? What causes you to eat? Or overeat for that matter.

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