5 Signs Emotional Eating Is a Problem for You — and What to Do About It

Do you have a healthy relationship with food? If emotional eating is getting in the way of healthy eating, healthy weight, or your emotional well-being, experts say that there are steps you can take to better cope.

Emotional eating is not a clinical diagnosis or even a term with a clinical definition that all experts agree on.

It’s often used colloquially in reference to eating as a way of coping with negative emotions, particularly overeating, but experts have argued that eating can also be a response to positive emotions and that it doesn’t necessarily always involve overeating.

When a person leans heavily on eating as a coping mechanism for negative emotions, however, many experts agree that it is problematic — and there are healthier coping tools someone can learn.

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