How might I have developed an emotional relationship to food?

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Laura Katleman-Prue
Nutrition & Dietetics
Most of us developed an emotional relationship with sugar when we were children because adults gave us sweets as rewards and treats, to show us they were feeling good about us. As a result, we associated sweet things with positive feelings, love, and approval. So when we're looking to reward ourselves for a job well done or console ourselves if we're upset or when we just want to do something nice for ourselves, many of us have long turned to sugar. Given the physical addictiveness of sugar and the powerful emotional associations we have with it, it's no wonder we have trouble controlling ourselves around it!
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