Nearly 30 million people in American struggle with eating issues. We should never shame ourselves about our relationship with food. At the same time, we can only start on a more positive path if we recognize the warning signs that indicate emotional eating. Common signs may include the following:
- Thinking about food nearly all the time
- Having an overriding concern about weight and body shape
- Feeling compelled to look in the mirror to spot flaws in our appearance
- Experiencing overwhelming feelings of low self-esteem
- Feeling guilty after eating
Emotional eating reflects underlying struggles that we may have been dealing with for a long time. Life transitions can also trigger unhealthy eating habits, including the current COVID-19 pandemic, the death of a loved one, or ending a romantic relationship. Many other changes are capable of propelling us down a negative path as well. If we are using food as a tool for coping with tough times, it may be time to look for other sources of support. Finding a safe place to share your concerns and anxieties without fear of being mocked or reprimanded is very important.
Therapy can assist in guiding us along a positive path. Joanne Gerr, L.C.S.W. has years of experience helping people find new and better ways of going forward. To meet with a Highland Park or Manhattan therapist, contact us online or give us a call at 212-750-8130. Located in Manhattan and Highland Park, New Jersey, Joanne helps people in many walks of life throughout New York and New Jersey, including Manalapan Township, Marlboro, and Westfield.