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I am an Emotional Eater, What can Help?

The brain is too strong to stop emotional eating with will power says Doctors

The brain is too strong to stop emotional eating with will power says Doctors

I am an emotional eater, what can help? This was the latest email that we received Friday from a woman in her late 30’s. It is very important to understand that the brain is very much involved in every aspect of our eating habits, in fact, the root cause of all overeating stems from changes in the brain related to stresses. This is where we get the term emotional eater, the fact of the matter is that stresses effect our emotions and this is where the brain tries to help by seeking food.

 

Overweight, sad, stress, food

 

Biologically the brain can help you when your mood is down, very stressful events such as arguments,worries or even a frustrating relationship causes brain changes which signal the need to relieve the stresses. Emotions are powerful and can lead to a very unhealthy cycle of stress related overeating, this can cause obesity and other health complications. The brain chooses food as the method of relief. The stomach may influence the brain by releasing hormones, says Lukas Van Oudenhove, M.D one of the study authors and a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Leuven, in Belgium. If you are an emotional eater it is important to know that this is your body’s attempt to help lift your mood but it is not a healthy solution and needs to be addressed.

 

The failure of willpower

 

The study in Belgium showed just how powerful the effects of food was on the mood, the in take of chocolate or fatty foods had an almost drug like effect in addressing the emotions, will power is not strong enough to fight this effect. Do not blame yourself for emotion type eating, will power cannot stop this. What was even more amazing from the European study was the fact that sadness from just a picture ( such as a disaster or crying people) caused the brain to response by calming the sadness after ingesting fatty food. We can clearly see that stresses from jobs,divorces, or loss of life can cause uncontrollable eating in an emotional eater. The Food Addiction diet is the number one diet used over 10 countries, it was created by brain researchers to stop all overeating.

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Can’t stop eating? here’s why

Dieting wrong will cause you to eat more

Dieting wrong will cause you to eat more

Why can’t I stop eating, the control of the appetite is rooted in the brain. It may amazing people when they learn that the keep to appetite control is not in the stomach but in the brain. The stomach is involved in digestion but when we feel hungry we often think that it is the stomach that is calling for food but it is a brain signal. There has been a worldwide increase in food addictions, those who simply can’t stop eating are often at a loss as to why the have this problem.

 

The Chemistry of the Appetite

 

When you are really hungry the body starts a series of biological functions that signal you that you need something to eat, this is why when you forget to eat( for example at work) you will feel the grumbling in the stomach, it is necessary function and healthy for survival. When the body and brain are working in perfect harmony the brain sends the hunger signal at the appropriate times to save you from starvation. There are millions of people in whom this perfect brain/body balance is not working in the right way, those who can’t stop eating have a system balance that is slightly off, the signal that you are hungry may fire more often than it should. Sometimes this signal fires to snack (when you are not hungry) because it releases feel good hormones to fight stress.

 

Stress Markers

 

Emotional stresses such as from a bad relationship,job,divorce, dieting, or abuses(prior and current) all disrupt this very delicate balance in the brain. This is why children who have suffered physical,mental or verbal abuses are 10 times more likely to develop a problem with their appetite. A stressful job or even deep depression can disrupt brain hormone balances of leptin and insulin can cause you to want something to snack, it is important to understand that will power and dieting can actually makes this worst by creating more stresses.. Dieting should not be ignored but those who can’t stop eating will not be helped with a regular diet. A diet for food addiction or appetite control can only be controlled by a diet created for this problem, we are speaking of a diet that addresses the emotional and dieting problem.

 

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I can’t control my appetite: Here’s why

A typical diet does not stop the brain signal  that makes you keep eating

A typical diet does not stop the brain signal that makes you keep eating

Susan says “ I can’t control my appetite”, she is one of the millions of people who have tried diet and exercise but still cannot limit how much they eat. There are many reasons for this condition but science shows that the brain is most responsible for the problem of overeating, The deep root causes of eating too much can be explained. I can’t control my appetite, it is is a growing National problem that has many seeking a solution.

 

Turning off the brain response

 

The brain is responsible for how much you eat, it signals you to feel full and stop eating. Obesity is a national dilemma and the problem is showing no signs of slowing down, the Center of Disease (CDC) stated last week t that more people are dieting but they are seeing less results. People are eating less calories but the weight is still not coming off. This is something we have addressed on this site for a long time, calorie counting will not lead to more weight loss. Only a diet created for people who have a problem controlling how much they eat will work. “I can’t control my appetite”, what this means is the brain hippocampus is not working properly and you will continue to over eat. This is why dieting fails, it does not address the root causes of overeating.

 

Emotional triggers

 

Divorce, break up and a loss of a loved one can all alter brain hippocampus function and cause uncontrolled appetite. Childhood events and stress also set the brain up for food addiction. The failure of the popular diets can be attributed to the fact that they have adopted a cookie cutter style to dieting, one size fits all and this does not work. “ I can’t control mu appetite” this statement alone should tell us that a typical diet will not work for an over-eater, a diet for overeating must be based on real brain research to reverse the problem

 

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I Hate my Body: 7 year old’s and the media

I hate my body is a common complaint from women but what is more scary is that there are girls as young as 7 are expression growing dissatisfaction with their bodies. What this tells us is that the media has a growing influence on female body image. As the obesity crisis continues it is causing more depression among women trying to meet a certain body image. “I hate my body” can mean a future eating disorder is near.

Marilyn Fat? Today's teen boys find  her overweight

Marilyn Fat? Today’s teen boys find her overweight

 

 

Girls and how they few their bodies

 

A Swedish study by Birgitta Edlund, Klara Halvarsson, Per-Olow Sjödén found that girls as young as 7 were dieting and were extremely concerned with body image. Although these girls were found to be average weight almost 30% of them were “dieting to lose weight” Being healthy is fine but when 7 year old’s are already getting a distorted image of themselves we have a problem. Many of these little girls are on the road to overeating, the stress from trying to maintain an unrealistic body image leads to brain changes that create overeating. “I hate my body” is becoming a common response when women are asked to describe their bodies.

 

Fat ?

 

A Study conducted amongst teen boys age 15-18 in 2008 found that Marilyn Monroe was described as “Fat” by the boys. The picture in the study was every teens boy’s dream in the 1950’s but was not acceptable today. When asked why they thought she was fat most compared her to waif like models of today. Unrealistic body images create food addictions, emotional stresses cause overeating and when women cannot meet the image that is being pumped in their heads from media on a daily, overeating can occur.

 

I hate my body

 

Men contribute to low self esteem in women by reinforcing the preference of the childlike girl over the grown woman. Increasingly men are being influenced to prefer the thin teen body over the grown woman. It is important for women to understand that most overeating is caused by emotional stress which are not controlled by will power.

See here How the brain causes overeating    Stop overeating

3 reasons Why “I Can’t control my appetite”

How emotional stress causes overeating

How emotional stress causes overeating

There are millions who live each day saying  “I can’t control my appetite”, they have a hard time getting under control how much they eat no matter how hard they try. Science has revealed some very interesting information that reveals what may have set a person up for a problem with the food relationship. There are factors that may have been beyond your control that caused the brain to change. If you are saying “I can’t control my appetite” science researchers have pinpointed at least 3 things that may have disrupted your brain

 

1. Bullying: Were you bullied in school or by others(included family) when you were a child? Bullying has a deep emotional effect on the hippocampus portion of the brain. This is the same part of the brain that effects appetite and satiety from eating, this is deeply revealing, we have seen so many who were never the same after bullying. In fact, binge eating, overeating, food addictions and bulimia are all related to brain changes from emotional stress. Those who admit “I can’t control my appetite” are closer on the road to healing.

 

 

 

2. Child abuse: The abuses on a child whether physical,sexual or verbal leave scars that go well beyond the abuses. Studies in Europe(Berlin) show that over-eaters were more than 300% more likely to have been victims of a traumatic childhood. The effects of hurting a child continue well into adulthood. Adults must understand the deep damage that they do to a young person when they abuse the child. A child id defenseless and usually turns on themselves by overeating or harming themselves.

 

3. Divorce or Bad relationship: Living in a bad relationship as an adult causes deep emotional damages that can effect appetite. The links between emotional stress and appetite are well founded by researchers. The University of California showed the link

UCSF Health Psychology Program “Increases in negative mood in response to the stressors were also significantly related to greater food consumption. These results suggest that psychophysiological response to stress may influence subsequent eating behavior. Over time, these alterations could impact both weight and health”

 

As we can see “I can’t control my appetite” has much more to do with emotional factors than it has to do with will power. The brain in very fragile and many things can set you up for a food addiction or a problem controlling the appetite. This is why a typical diet does not work for a person with a problem overeating.   Click here Brain and Diet

 

More stress…More overeating

Stress,Emotions and Overeating connected

Stress,Emotions and Overeating connected

Stress is a leading cause of overeating. Researchers in New Castle revealed that people who have a hard time controlling their appetite are under more stressful situations. With the growth of food addictions in the United States and much of the West researchers are looking for ways to combat the increasing problem. We have stated on this site that emotional stress and overeating go hand in hand.

The diet lies

People who have a problem controlling their appetite are often met with nasty comments or stares from others who do not understand the emotional links to the condition. We have documented on this site the nasty comments from people who just do not understand the brain’s role in those lack of the appetite. Sadly those who do not understand food addictions will always offer the same failed solution which they claim as dieting. Dieting does not work for food addiction, this is not an excuse it is the scientific truth. Many food addictions and problems with food start without us knowing it. The are rooted in emotional issues. Often we have no clue where the problem began. It is critical to know this

Guilt

Guilt is still the most difficult emotion that people who have a problem with appetite control experience. After eating too much there can be a deep depression and a feeling of low self worth. This is because we blame ourselves for not having the self control to stop eating. We are actually shifting the blame to ourselves the same way those who do not understand the condition. This can lead to more stress and more overeating.

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Why am I always hungry?

Dieting will not solve this

Dieting will not solve this

Why am I always hungry was the latest question we receive via email. This is not always an easy question to answer. Being hungry all the time can be a sign of illness, for example it is one of the warning signs of diabetes. If you do not have high blood sugar your hunger may every well be related to stresses in your life. If you are asking “why am I always hungry” you are not alone, it is one of the most popular questions we have received on this site

 

From our research with over-eaters we have seen that almost all overeating is related to emotional stress not gluttony. These stresses can come from a bad relationship, job,family,or just about anything. We have also seen those who have suffered child abuses develop eating disorders. The relationship with food is very delicate and sensitive, there are many things that can start you on the road to overeating. Those asking “why am I always hungry” could note that it can be related to emotional eating.

 

Dieting will not help a person who overeats, this is one of the reasons diets fail so often, there are many who are dieting when this is not addresses the true cause of their problem. All the diets in the world will not stop overeating. Stress (prior and current) effects the brain and causes changes that are only satisfied with food.

 

 

Now, you have to ask yourself which is it? Do you have an illness like diabetes that can cause constant hunger or is it stress/emotional related? In most cases it is the latter( emotional stresses) that cause you to overeat. Why am I always hungry? It is usually based on the stresses in your life.

 

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