Overeating is linked to depression says researchers. It is a common misconception that eating to much is based on gluttony. This is just not the scientific facts. In addition, the strongest reason for food addiction has to do with the emotions and stress. For the first time this decade science has shown that food addition is real. Overeating and depression also go strongly together.
Stressful relationships, situations and food
Depression is an illness that lowers serotonin in the brain. This hormone is greatly responsible for our mood and appetite. Did you know that a bad relationship or marriage can lead to eating too much or that a stressful job can lead to night time snack binging. The key is the emotions and they play a huge role in how much you eat. Science has shown those who come from an abusive background as an adult or child have an increased risk for overeating and depression. This is why dieting often fails the person with emotional stress. It is also why we run for chocolate when we are depressed.
Will power does not work against a food addiction
There is a stigma that comes with over consumption of food. Those who are overweight often must put up with childish jokes from people who are not educated on why one may have a problem controlling the appetite. I have taught health for many years and I know that overeating and depression is linked. A bad relationship or low self esteem will cause problems with food. The connection between Food and Self esteem was shown here by doctors in Europe.
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