How can emotional eating cause low self-esteem?

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Vandana  R. Sheth
Nutrition & Dietetics

Emotional eating is typically a coping mechanism in response to emotions. When we eat to "fill a void" created by emotions rather than actual physical hunger--we often don't deal with the real situation. Overeating is common due to emotional eating. This can lead to a feeling of failure, depression, and low self-esteem. It is critical to identify triggers that lead to emotional eating and learn to cope with them in a more constructive manner. A registered dietitian can help you with this process.

Laura Katleman-Prue
Nutrition & Dietetics
Emotional eating or eating to feel better actually adds to the problem of low self-esteem by causing you to feel less attractive and worse about yourself. It's a vicious circle: Eating the cookies brings a fleeting, nice taste in your mouth and momentary relief from a negative feeling, but then you berate yourself for not having any willpower and not losing weight.
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