Why would someone hoard food?

Marjorie Nolan Cohn
Nutrition & Dietetics

Food hoarding is about surviving. And food hoarding is often directly connected to childhood neglect, such as not having basic needs for food inadequately met or denied. This type of experience triggers a survival mode mentality. The necessity to take care of him or herself before a child is developmentally ready can lead to emotional issues, obsessive-compulsive behaviors, and challenges adjusting to future life cycle changes. Food hording is just one of them.

In children, food hoarding can take place for a variety of reasons, including neglect, deprivation, chaotic or disrupted home environments, difficulties in the school environment, disordered eating or other psychological problems. In adults, it can be part of an eating disorder profile with some persons hiding food for the purpose of binging, eating in private, or as a way of exerting control over food.

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