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Emotional Eating: A Sister's Concern for Her Brother



Emotional Eating

Emotional eating is characterized by an obsessive-compulsive relationship with food. An individual suffering from a compulsive eating disorder engages in frequent episodes of uncontrolled eating, or binge eating, during which they may feel frenzied or out of control, often consuming food past the point of being comfortably full. Binging in this way is generally followed by feelings of guilt and depression.

Though I myself have never been through an emotional eating phase, I am familiar with a few people in my life that have done so, including my own brother. Around the time we left our home in Michigan to move to Naples, my brother started consuming abnormally more food than usual. Constantly eating without any exercise whatsoever, my brother put on close to 20 pounds in a short time period, endangering his own well-being. After getting used to our new home in Naples, he stopped his ridiculous overeating, but he is still feeling the effects.

He still never gets any exercise, or makes healthy eating choices. Seeing him made me feel self-conscious, and I started making better health choices, such as working out, and eating healthier foods. Both of our diets could be made a lot better.

My parents and I don’t want to see my brother suffer any kind of health issue that kids his age shouldn’t be dealing with, so we try to intervene as much as possible when it comes to his eating choices. Still, the choice is all up to him, and I hope that he’ll realize that diet and exercise, along with the foods he still enjoys in moderation, can make him feel a lot better about himself as a human being. I eat just as unhealthily as him, but I keep more of a balance between the foods I enjoy and my daily exercise.

Though I don’t really understand the concept of eating to make you feel better emotionally, I still think it should be taken seriously as a threat to our youth. Approximately 80% of sufferers who seek professional help recover completely or experience significant reduction in their symptoms. With any kind of help, emotional eating shouldn’t be too difficult for someone to do away with.

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