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What is This Feeling that Causes me to Eat?

Abstract: People with eating disorders often cannot properly distinguish between physical hunger and other feelings.

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What is This Feeling that Causes me to Eat?

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Written by: Gunborg Palme, certified psychologist and certified psychotherapist, teacher and tutor in psychotherapy.
First version: 22 Jul 2008.
Latest revision: 12 Aug 2008.

What is this feeling that causes people with eating disorders to eat?

Answer:

Healthy people eat when they are hungry and stop when they are satisfied. Those with eating disorders do not have the same contact with their real hunger and satisfaction feelings. They eat or starve when their feelings are unbalanced. It is difficult for them to separate hunger from other unpleasant sensations. A bulimic might also eat compulsively when starved, because of previous starvation or vomiting. More.

When different feelings cannot be separated, the necessary information for managing the underlying problems properly is unobtainable. In normal people, thoughts, feelings and physical signals tell us what must be done in order to function as well as possible. Those who get the wrong information become confused and can't use their knowledge and feelings in order to manage their problems correctly.

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