Emotional Eating from the Male Perspective
Emotional eating can be a big issue for many teenagers, which can often lead to weight gain, and even eating disorders. Many people in the United States are affected by emotional eating because of the hard economic times we are having, people getting laid off of work, and families getting stressed just to see how the bills are going to be paid.
There are many different types of emotional eating. For example, there are people who eat because they’re nervous, or scared. The most prevalent reason for eating disorders is losing someone like a friend or family member.
Just over a year ago I lost my father in a plane crash in the Bahamas, and right after that I found myself gaining weight, and lots of it! After this event, many family members and friends sent food to the house so we would eat and stay healthy, but they didn’t know 20 other people were doing the same thing. We always had a full kitchen.
When that all happened I did go into a depressed state because I had lost my father, knowing now that I wouldn’t have a father growing up, therefore I would just sit at home, eating and eating, and it was not good.
After a few weeks I had gained a few pounds so when the food from Jason’s Deli and Rib City was all gone, I had to somehow get myself back to normal, and the gym was the only place that would help me. Since the food was gone, there was no reason to stay home, so instead of eating I began a workout plan to release my anger toward what had happened. To get myself back to normal I have a daily workout that involves a run, and I started doing all the old sports I used to do before my father’s passing, racing dirt bikes and playing golf.
People go through all kinds of stages when they’re growing up, whether it’s a loss of the first girlfriend, or losing one of your parents, emotional eating takes its toll and can really damage your life if you don’t stay on top of it. The best thing to do is to stay active, from my experience; I wish I would have kept up with my active life instead of sitting at home and doing nothing. Now I go out every day and do anything, weather its running or racing, I stay active and I have found out it’s the best thing to do!