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on Emotional Eating


 
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Understanding why you turn to food is the key to changing it. Join in the discussion each week as Dr. Gould shares his valuable insights from over 30-years of clinical experience.

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Why Running Away from Your Problems Keeps You Fat

MONDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2011 | POSTED BY DR. GOULD

If you are a binge eater or a compulsive over eater you are a Runaway. That's because when you eat that way, you are actually running away from yourself. When kids run away from home, it's because they feel misunderstood or under appreciated or abused. Everyone has felt unloved some time in their childhood, but the Runaway not only feels that sometimes, he or she comes to feel that way all the time. He or she feels it so deeply that it becomes the unquestioned and immutable truth and there's nothing that can be done about it except to run away. The Runaway experiences great pain and a sense of helplessness.

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Overeaters: How to Stop Feeling Deprived

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2011 | POSTED BY DR. GOULD

Doris is a woman in her sixties that lives a very full life. However to keep herself from feeling deprived, she would snack late in the afternoon and eat again before going to bed every night.

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How Family Sabotages Your Weight Loss

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2011 | POSTED BY DR. GOULD

Last week I wrote about two sisters. This week I want to include the whole family. You may wonder what family dynamics has to do with being overweight? In a few cases nothing, but in most cases it is the old unexamined familiar patterns from the past, that cause the intense cravings that make it impossible to stick to a diet.

As I've said before, the primary principle of emotional eating is that one over eats in order to hide from the painful emotions that point to unresolved problems. These unresolved issues are probably not much different the same problems in living everyone faces. However, the emotional eater has learned how to easily, through food, run away from the disturbing emotions that would otherwise prompt them to solve these problems sooner.

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Overeaters: How Confronting Your Siblings Can Ease Food Cravings

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2011 | POSTED BY DR. GOULD

This story illustrates the emotional eating issues shared by two different women. Both women have very difficult relationships with their respective sisters. And it is the "sister thing" that is central to their binge behaviors and chronic weight problems.

Although both women are married and both have very strong successful careers, neither of them can stop binging when they are unhappy or distressed with their sisters. And despite the fact that their present life is going quite well, both women get emotionally charged when talking about their childhood grievances.

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