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Obesity and Emotional Eating | Care2 Healthy Living: Nourishing the Heart is a weekly column by Sara Childre of

Obesity and Emotional Eating | Care2 Healthy Living: Nourishing the Heart is a weekly column by Sara Childre of

When I was in college, I was struggling. I broke up with a boyfriend, was trying to find direction in life, my parents lived 6,000 miles away, and I gained 30 pounds in one month. What was happening to me? Knowing what I know now, I realize that I was stressed and ate comfort foods to make myself feel better. It was emotional eating. There are many other factors contributing to the increase in overweight and obesity, but experts say emotional eating is a primary cause in a high percentage of cases. Today’s fast-paced and demanding world has given rise to alarming stress levels, and people are seeking any way they can find to cope. For many, that means turning to food, especially comfort food, which largely means precisely the kinds of food that are high in fat and low in nutrition. A Harris Interactive survey reported 46 percent of Americans are less careful about the food...

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