What is emotional eating?
Emotional eating is a popular term used to describe eating
that is influenced by emotions, both positive and negative. Feelings may affect
various aspects of your eating, including your motivation to eat (or not eat),
your food choices, where and with whom you eat, and the speed with which you
eat. Most eating problems are prompted by feelings rather than physical hunger.
People of any size may try to escape an emotional experience by preoccupying
themselves with food or obsessing over their shape and weight.
Do I need to be diagnosed
with an eating disorder to attend the program?
An eating disorder diagnosis is not necessary to attend the
program. Women experiencing symptoms of disordered eating patterns that are
impacting their quality of life would be eligible to attend.
Is emotional eating only
related to binge eating?
Intense emotional experiences and stressful events affect
everyone differently. Some may overeat in response, and some may undereat. The
program is designed to help identify more effective ways to manage feelings,
and develop a healthier relationship with food and your body.
What services are offered in
Women attending the Emotional Eating Track receive
individual and group nutritional counseling including meal planning and
supported meals on site. Treatment includes regular visits with a psychiatrist
for medication management. Individuals will also receive individual
psychotherapy and group counseling sessions to address issues related to emotion
management, body image, self-esteem and relationships. The group and individual
sessions offer the opportunity to develop coping skills, learn about intuitive
eating, explore your relationship with your body and stabilize your mood.