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AboutShrink Yourself blogger Dr. Roger Gould is one of the world’s leading authorities on emotional eating. He has helped thousands reclaim their power over food by conquering emotional eating, the number one cause of weight gain. Dr. Gould’s approach has been the subject of seven scientific studies.
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The obvious negative effects of overeating are extra weight and jeopardized health. Most people are well aware of these negative effects. But overeating affects so many other aspects of your life, too.
As a psychiatrist who has worked with overeaters for decades, I understand that if you're an overeater, there is so much more at stake than just your weight.
Take a look at these surprising negative effects of overeating:
1. You Still Feel Hungry
Emotional eating is when your hunger for emotional fulfillment gets turned into physical hunger for food. The only problem with eating for comfort is that while your stomach is getting filled, your heart still remains empty.
Eating might make you forget about your emotional needs for a few minutes, or even an hour, but no matter how much food you eat your real needs never get met. The more you eat, the more your emotional hunger grows. As time passes, using food this way leads to feelings of defeat and depression.
Looking for the real source of your hunger and addressing it directly will help restore your hope.
2. Your Psychological Growth Gets Stunted
When food gets installed as a coping mechanism it becomes a quick fix instead of finding a real solution. Once you get relief from food, you turn to it to deal with more and more problems. Suddenly, you're eating when you're overwhelmed, tired, bored, lonely, frustrated, irritated and unable to deal with just ... Continue
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