Emotional eating and diabetes
In the process of emotional eating, negative emotions that are difficult to deal with, such as sadness, anxiety, fear, stress, anger, loneliness, etc. are suppressed by consuming food, says Dr Jamati. This can be triggered by major changes or stressful events in a person’s life. The cause of this is deeply rooted in our body’s biology. Our body starts to produce a hormone called cortisol in a situation that makes us feel alarmed or upset. This hormone tends to make us crave sugary, fatty, or salty foods.
Constantly resorting to food as a source of emotional support can lead to various health-related issues. It can increase the risk of serious illnesses in the body like high blood pressure,type 2 diabetes, fatigue, etc. Indulging in emotional eating often results in the individual experiencing guilt. The feeling of guilt is often accompanied by a range of negative emotions like the feeling of helplessness, low self-esteem, irritability, frustration, etc. This process becomes an endless loop where emotional eating becomes a primary coping mechanism for the individual.