Study: Weight Loss Is an Emotional Problem

Researchers say eating when we're upset is one of the biggest reasons we don't manage weight well. Bigger than what we choose to eat.

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From the American Psychological Association

Ninety-two percent of the 306 respondents who provide weight loss treatment reported helping a client “address underlying emotional issues related to weight gain.”

More than 70 percent identified cognitive therapy, problem-solving and mindfulness as “excellent” or “good” weight loss strategies. In addition, motivational strategies, keeping behavioral records and goal-setting were also important in helping clients to lose weight and keep it off, according to survey results.

The survey of more than 1,300 psychologists asked them about the best weight loss strategies. Nearly half said understanding how our emotions affect our eating habits and dealing with emotional eating were essential – equally as important as a regular exercise schedule, and more important than making proper food choices in general.

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