Eating tendencies refer to an individual’s patterns of eating, such as how often and at what time they eat; what foods they like; the quantity they eat; as well as any negative impacts these patterns may be having on weight and health. When these habits become harmful, doctors may recommend seeking professional assistance from registered dietitians or mental health providers in order to address root causes and treat these behaviors effectively.
Avoid Skipping Meals
Skipping meals increases the risk of overeating due to overcompensated hunger, leading them to consume more than they need and even potentially eating foods high in fat or sugar content.
Studies indicate that snacking on high-fat, high-sugar foods is linked to overeating and obesity risk. Furthermore, this form of indulgence can result in nutritional deficiencies, leading you to feel hungry more frequently later.
Eating Too Fast
If you tend to consume meals and snacks while on-the-go or watching television, chances are you are eating too quickly. Eating quickly leads to overeating as it makes it more difficult for your brain to register when you are full. Therefore it is essential to consume food slowly, paying attention to each bite you savor for its scent, taste, texture and mouthfeel before continuing.
Avoiding Certain Foods
Some individuals avoid certain foods because it evokes unpleasant memories and feelings, such as being denied as a child or remembering an unpleasant meal from a restaurant. Others fear the calories, fat and sodium contained in certain items – this type of behavior can contribute to unhealthy weight gain and lead to frequent dieting cycles.
Emotional eating Many people turn to food when they’re bored, anxious or exhausted – leading them down a path toward overeating and feeling guilty or ashamed afterwards. If this occurs for you it is important that when feeling this way to engage in non-eating activities such as taking a walk or calling up friends.
If someone binges on one food repeatedly and feels powerless to stop themselves from overeating, they could develop binge eating disorder. Bingers typically eat secretively and in secret to cover up their binges before later feeling shame or disgust about themselves afterward. Furthermore, these individuals can become preoccupied with certain types of foods and refuse to try new ones or decrease consumption.
Binge eating disorder is a serious medical condition requiring professional diagnosis and treatment from doctors as well as therapy with psychologists or other therapists to address underlying causes driving the bingeing behavior. A registered dietitian may provide nutritional guidance and assistance in creating healthier eating habits.