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What is recreational eating?

Judy Caplan
Judy Caplan on behalf of Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Nutrition & Dietetics
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Recreational eating is when people eat for reasons other than hunger. It may be due to boredom, anxiety, enjoyment of food, or for a host of other reasons. Recreational eating can lead to overweight and obesity. It is important to be aware of your hunger signals or you can continually eat for the love of eating. The consequences can lead to overweight and ill health.

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