emotional eating

[ ih-moh-shuh-nl ee-ting ]
/ ɪˈmoʊ ʃə nl ˈi tɪŋ /


eating, often excessively, as a response to stress, boredom, unhappiness, or other emotional condition, rather than as a response to physical hunger: Prolonged loneliness can lead to a number of unhealthy habits, including emotional eating.

Nearby words

  1. emotion,
  2. emotional,
  3. emotional correctness,
  4. emotional deprivation,
  5. emotional disorder,
  6. emotional illness,
  7. emotional intelligence,
  8. emotional labour,
  9. emotional literacy,
  10. emotionalism

Origin of emotional eating

First recorded in 1975–80

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