The truth about comfort eating


Published on Comfort eating is a common problem when it comes to weight loss. Understanding what it is and isn’t often gives us control over our behaviour regarding food.

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The truth about comfort eating

  1. 1. The Truth About ComfortEating
  2. 2. Comfort eating is cited as being anissue lying behind somebody’sweight problem.
  3. 3. However, it’s important to be awareas to exactly what comfort eatingis and what it isn’t. If comfort eatingis a problem for you, then beingaware of what’s going on will helpyou have power over it and feelmore in control.
  4. 4. From the dawn of history, food andgood times have been linked.
  5. 5. It’s not comfort eating to enjoyeating a bit of birthday cake at yourfriend’s party, even though eatingthe cake will be associated withfeeling happy and will be part of thegeneral fun of the celebration.
  6. 6. The problem here comes when youtry to capture the feeling associatedwith a party by eating party foodeven when you’re not celebratinganything – that is comfort eating.
  7. 7. There is also a physical side tothe link between food andemotions.
  8. 8. When we are low on blood sugarand hungry, we tend to feel prettyterrible. It varies from person toperson..
  9. 9. but when we haven’t eaten for awhile, we get grumpy, snappy, moreprone to worry, a bit more emotionaland prone to tearfulness and soforth.
  10. 10. Where comfort eating comes in iswhen we use food as a way to helpus feel better when we feeltired, irritable, stressed or upset forsome other reason, i.e. whenhunger isn’t the cause of our badtemper and anxiety.
  11. 11. Our childhood experiencesand things that happened in thepast can also have an effect onthe way we view food and the wayit makes us feel.
  12. 12. Often, this is one of the things thatwill be explored in a hypnotherapysession for weight loss.
  13. 13. Eating is anobviouspleasure forchildren andparents often use itas a tool to helptheir childrenlearn.
  14. 14. Food can also be used by parentsas a comforting tool and as a way ofshowing love.
  15. 15. This combination of giving food aswell as comfort can continue longpast infancy, and a parent can givea hurt or sad child food (whichusually tends to be sweet – I’venever heard of a parent giving acrying child cheese) along with thecuddle to “cheer you up and makeyou feel better”.
  16. 16. This behaviour may linger when weare adults, and we may seek outsweets as a comfort if we can’t getthe cuddles.
  17. 17. If you think you are suffering fromthis bad behaviour, ask help now…
  18. 18. Learn more about the downside ofcomfort eating at