• "Sometimes the bravest and most important thing you can do is just show up." — Brené Brown

  • Emotional eating occurs is when a person uses food as an attempt to control, monitor, and cope with negative feelings or thoughts. Because emotional eating typically results in overeating, it can often lead to poor self-esteem, unwanted weight gain, and obesity. Treatment can help you overcome it. The best approach to stop emotional eating will include treatment for the underlying emotional causes and factors related to emotional eating patterns as well as treatment for behavioral issues.

  • The first step to answering question, “How do I stop emotional eating?” is understanding that emotional eating is not simply an eating pattern that can be stopped with a diet. Rather, emotional eating is caused by an inability to cope with emotional issues and mental health challenges. Individuals who experience emotional eating patterns use food as their primary tool for dealing with distress and regulating emotions.

  • At Be, treatment to heal emotional eating combines learning and establishing healthy eating patterns and behaviors, with addressing emotional issues. You will have the opportunity to work with a psychotherapist who will help you learn to develop positive and healthy coping strategies in order to stop emotional eating patterns. Primary goals during treatment to recover from emotional eating include:

    Reconnect with the body experiences and with emotions
    Identify the difference between physical and emotional hunger
    Increase your capacity to tolerate feelings
    Encourage healthy coping behaviors for negative emotions and thoughts
    Focus on interpersonal relationship problems, and learn how to communicate needs and set boundaries with others
    Improve body image
    Learn self-care
    Identify cognitive distortions
    Address perfectionism and “all or nothing” thinking
    Recognize recovery as a process filled with ups and downs