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EMOTIONAL EATING

Break the cycle

FACT: a tube of sweets can dry a child’s tears and adults find consolation in the biscuit tin. But if you reach for a sugary snack every time you feel sad or stressed, you need healthier solutions. Here’s what to do

WE’VE ALL turned to food to feel better – but why do we do it? ‘Emotional eating is about pretty much everything except hunger,’ says Dr Camilla Olsen, consultant psychologist at London Bridge Hospital. ‘If you get peckish and occasionally reach for the biscuit tin, that can be fine. The problem comes when you’re using food to feel better about yourself. So instead of eating when you’re hungry to fuel your body, you’re using food to fuel how you feel. In some cases you can lose control over your relationship with food – you’ll eat when you feel stressed, upset or sad. This is similar to the way smokers use cigarettes.’

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New Year’s resolution slipping by the wayside? Get back on track with February’s HFG: we’ve expert advice on beating the weight-loss plateau, fitness motivation and 12 essential skills to help your healthy cooking. Plus, get the sane view on The Sirtfood Diet, improve your mouth health and build a better lunch box with our canny tips