- Eat when you're not hungry?
- Eat until you're uncomfortably full?
- Reach for food when you feel you can't cope?
If so, you may be experiencing emotional overeating, and our new support groups may help you.
Beat, the UK's leading eating disorders charity, are currently running support groups for those who emotionally overeat, binge eat and/or are overweight or obese and struggling with their weight.
The main focus of the groups is peer support. They offer a safe and confidential space to meet with others going through similar situations, and share experiences, problems and successes with one another. Also available at the groups are optional CBT worksheets, details of local services and useful self-help book recommendations. Each group is facilitated by two trained Beat volunteers who will provide you with a warm welcome to the group.
At the moment we have groups across East Anglia and the East and West Midlands. For more info and to find out where your local group is, please reply to this message, or take a look on our HelpFinder helpfinder.b-eat.co.uk/ or drop us an email! firstname.lastname@example.org
We will soon be launching online Emotional Overeating Support Groups which will be nation-wide and open to anyone over the age of 18.
What is emotional overeating?
- emotional overeating can be defined as eating large amounts of food in response to negative emotions (such as anxiety or depression) rather than physical hunger.
- this kind of eating is used as a way of coping with, or silencing, a range of negative emotions. However, the feelings of guilt and shame which follow an episode of emotional overeating usually leave the perso feeling worse rather than better.
- as overeating can cause weight gain, over time emotional overeating can lead to further difficulties such as greater dissatisfaction with body image and diminished self esteem.
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