Most people I know do this. I'm the complete opposite though. Whenever I am my most depressed the thought of food makes me want to vomit.
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Yes, unfortunately I am quite an emotional eater. I've never been into alcohol or drugs, so the risk of destroying my body with these things is extremely small for me but I do have to watch my eating habits a bit (I'm not fat or anything like that but I am a bit chubby). However, it also depends on what kind of emotion we're talking about. What affects me the most is stress. When I have a lot of physical and/or mental stress (for example when I have to get lots of long-term projects for University done such as papers etc.), it tends to have a very bad affect on my lifestyle. Not just on my eating habits but also on my sleeping habits. I tend to develop a totally weird and rather unhealthy sleeping cycle, such as staying up all night, going to bed at 8 or 9 in the morning and waking up in the late afternoon or early evening. I absolutely hate it but it's extremely hard to fight against it. Although I love studying because I am a very inquisitive person who enjoys learning new things, I have to say that being a student can be extremely tough because there's probably no other "job" with such a terrible work-life balance. Contrary to my friends who work, I can't just come home, turn off my brain and enjoy my free evening. I might be less physically exhausted but I constantly have some kind of paper or other project on my mind that I have to get done on time. Whatever I do... whether I eat dinner or I watch a movie or I spend quality time with my girlfriend... there's always this pressure in the back of my mind and I feel guilty because I feel like I'm wasting time and I should be working. This is an emotion that I am very bad at handling and if I get it (which happens every semester for a couple of weeks, sometimes even months), I start eating lots of unhealthy stuff. I don't necessarily eat more than usual but I start eating a lot of chocolate or meat or fast food (I usually have a very heathy diet with lots of veggies and fruits). Together with the fact that my sleeping rhythm gets totally messed up and I start having big meals at 3 o'clock in the night, this really makes for a terrible lifestyle.
If I am sad on the other hand, I tend to lose my appetite completely. However, this is not exactly better because I can go without food for a very long time and I tend to end up doing this (not as a self-punishment... I just don't feel like eating). And the problem is that if you stop eating for two days and two nights in a row, you lose all your enthusiasm to1
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I agree that most people emotionally eat when they're upset about something. I've struggled with that a lot over the years because I always associate desserts as "feel good" foods when I'm going through a rough time. I used to struggle with binge eating when I was in my younger teen years but slowly learned how to manage my eating habits & do it less often. Sometimes I relapse and fall back into my bad habits but I've grown leaps and bounds from where I started :) I wish I was more like you and couldn't stand the thought of food when I'm upset, lol :) Interesting question by the way! :)0