The girls are so often telling: “I want to chew something.” But sometimes the cause of this desire is not hunger, but, for example, inner experiences. Clinical psychologist Julia Lapina helped us understand why you will overeat.

Five main reasons encourage us to use food in quantities that exceed energy costs. And not because we are weak-willed. We just want to satisfy some of our need.

It is important to remember that there are also physiological (for example, low sugar, vitamin deficiency, hormonal imbalance). So if you notice a chronic overeating, first check your health. And we will talk in this article about the psychological causes of the problem.

1. Stress reaction “fight or run”

We eat to calm anxiety, fear, inner tension or relieve stress. This type of overeating is very similar to a panic attack. Imagine a boiling kettle, when for a long time nothing seems to be happening, but then for a second and the whistle and steam – the pressure finally finds a way out. In this situations, after a few pieces of cake becomes easier. True, he begins to torment his guilt.

2. Food for comfort

It’s all for the compensation of unmet needs. For example, one lacks love, the other acceptance, the third sympathy. Sometimes we try to convince ourselves that we will do without all of this. Sometimes we are afraid to recognize such a need. But sooner or later she will declare herself.

At such moments, you will most likely choose something fatty, fried, delightful and not very useful. And for a while, you will feel better. Also, such a diet helps the brain synthesize neurotransmitters, which are responsible for a good mood.

3. Falling into oblivion

In this situation, we either can not, or do not want to feel anything more. Because now just do not have the strength to experience and scared – suddenly these feelings can’t be tolerated. When the tension from the surging emotions becomes unbearable, the brain switches to self-preservation mode. Then distracting and the endless process of eating everything in a row, and the subsequent discomfort from a full stomach.

4. Frustration

Frustration is an energy that stands out when our desires are confronted with an impenetrable wall of reality. And the question arises – where to send unspent force? There are days when everything is not so: you can not find the keys before you leave the house, the nurse is late, fines are found in the mailbox, traffic jams are delayed longer than usual. In the end, we break down – on ourselves, on others and … on food.

5. Self-punishment

When something goes wrong, many of us begin to get angry and condemn. Yourself. We blame ourselves for failure. We blame ourselves for weakness. We blame ourselves for the fact that our life does not correspond to dreams. When we are trapped in guilt, the next step is a sense of shame. You start to think: “I’m bad because with me all this disgrace happens.”

And then we punish our bodies with food and the words “fat pig.” Because we believe that we deserve this, we are disgusted with ourselves, and it seems to us that this is the only way to act with oneself.


We do not always see the exact reasons why we turn to food when we do not experience physical hunger. Over the years, this behavior can turn into an automatism with a call sign “you want something to chew.” Sometimes we can cope with this independently: through self-control, yoga, respiratory techniques, and meditation, researching books on psychological self-help. But sometimes we need a professional who will help understand the cause of overeating and tell you how to eliminate it.


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