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.

Origin of emotional eating

First recorded in 1975–80
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