Emotional hunger vs. true hunger
Humans must eat to live. So, you may wonder how to distinguish between emotional cues and true hunger cues. According to the Mayo Clinic, there are several differences that might help clue you in to what you’re experiencing.
- Develops slowly over time
- Desire a variety of food groups
- Feel the sensation of fullness and take it as a cue to stop eating
- Have no negative feelings about eating
- Comes on suddenly or abruptly
- Crave only certain foods
- May binge on food and not feel a sensation of fullness
- Feel guilt or shame about eating
Emotional hunger isn’t easily quelled by eating
While filling up may work in the moment, eating because of negative emotions often leaves people feeling more upset than before.
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