Emotional Eating

At this very moment, you may be saying to yourself that you have any number of admirable qualities. You are a loyal friend, a caring person, someone who is smart, dependable, fun to be around. That’s wonderful, and I’m happy for you, but let me ask you this: are you being any of those things to yourself?

Phillip C. McGraw

To a greater or lesser extent, we all have an emotional relationship with our food. Across the world, many celebrations are marked with feasting or fasting; as babies we were soothed by breast or bottle, or comforted with a biscuit. At a physiological, a psychological, and even a spiritual level, we can all experience pleasure from eating.

But for others, there can also be an unhealthy and unhelpful attachment to food, a reliance on it to help manage difficult feelings and experiences. This situation can deny the person the true enjoyment they could get from their food, it can impact heavily on everyday life, and even lead to serious health issues.

Far less recognised by the health service than eating disordered patients, for people who binge eat, or are overweight emotional eaters, the standard medical treatments are often drugs and surgery. These methods fail to acknowledge the emotional component to the person’s emotional-eatingdifficulties, which undoubtedly contributes to the frequent lack of success of these approaches.

Offering an affordable approach to resolving these issues of food and feelings, fit2change supports clients to manage their feelings, their diet, and their exercise, in ways that will benefit their health, and their everyday lives.

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fit2change offers clients the opportunity to experience new insights into their emotional eating issues, through Professor Julia Buckroyd’s “Understanding Your Eating” Programme, created from 30 years of dedicated clinical research.

The programme is designed for people who are aware that their overeating is driven by emotions rather than hunger. Delivered in 1-1 sessions, or through attendance of small group meetings, clients can safely explore their relationship with food, confidentially, and with support from the group leader, and their peers.

  • Explore your emotional relationship with food
  • Develop new and alternative ways of handling feelings
  • Enjoy food again without feeling so guilty
  • Effectively manage weight through diet and exercise
  • Enjoy more confidence