Hi again everyone.
Emotional eating is quite a broad issue and doesn't only relate to eating because of past dramatic traumas or deep emotional hurts.
Simply eating for eatings sake and not being able to resist eating certain foods are forms of emotional eating.
For example, my wife brought home a couple of pieces of chocolate cake the other day and I haven't been able to take my mind off them until they were both eaten. Despite wanting to lose a couple of kilos, I couldn't help myself and ate the whole lot over two nights and got great pleasure out of eating them (with ice cream), followed by feelings of guilt and anger at myself for having been so "weak".
Now that's an example of emotional eating - great pleasure from the food itself, followed by equally powerful negative emotions such as guilt and anger.
As for being shy about talking about it, there are 2 things to keep in mind:
1. The story isn't likely to be all about you, at most if you are mentioned it may only be your first name and a few other general details (age, etc) and of course you can ask Patricia not to publish any of your personal details.
2. Think of this as being simply a case of adding your experience to a collection of others that may help people who don't know that they have this problem or what to do about it.
After all, isn't that what we're all doing here - talking and sharing our experiences with others so that we can help each other?
Emotional eating is one of the biggest contributors to many of us being overweight and anything we can do to help understand it and come up with strategies to deal with it can only be a good thing.
Please help if you can.
PS - Patricia's just sent me an email that said:
"Finding real people to comment is often difficult because people are so concerned about being recognized etc. Which, of course, is understandable. You can tell your members that I have no problem showing them copy for them to check before publication and they can contact me for more information without feeling that they're obligated to commit to this article. I won't push them.
Hope this alleviates any concerns you may have about helping.