Emotional Hunger

Do you eat to feel better or relieve stress?

Seeking food as a reaction to negative or positive emotions, or as a coping mechanism, can be defined as emotional hunger. Emotional hunger has been characterized by high levels of cravings, anxiety, and depression.

Presence of certain gene variants and/or high levels of certain metabolites may be used to predict the emotional hunger obesity phenotype.

Specific interventions such as cognitive therapy and medications that address some of the underlying emotions or psychological conditions may be helpful and lead to weight loss for patients with this dominant phenotype.