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Why Do you Eat When you Not Hungry?

1. Stress

Long-term stress floods your body with cortisol, a hormone that plays a part in your fight or flight system. In order to refuel your body after a stressful encounter, cortisol makes you want to eat more. If stress is a near-constant state for you, those cortisol levels stay up and keep you reaching for the snacks.

2. Fatigue

When you don't get enough rest, your levels of ghrelin (a hormone that makes you want to go up. Meanwhile, your levels of leptin(a hormone that decreases hunger and the desire to eat) go down. These two hormones control feelings of hunger. The result :you feel hungry even if your body doesn't need food.

3. Nerves

Eating is a handy outlet for the extra energy that comes with feeling edgy. Not only does it give you something to do, it also distracts you from whatever's making you nervous. Or you might manage your stress by not eating at all. This can slow your system down because your body thinks it's starving. When you finally do eat, you're more likely to overdo it.

4. Anxiety

Anxiety has a strong link with eating disorders. Binge eating can be a way to help manage your worries and stress. Other things, from genes, depression, and mood disorders to trauma, addiction, or abuse can make you more likely to binge as a way to manage your emotions.

5. Peer Pressure

Not all emotional eating happens when you're feeling down. It's easy to get caught up in the fun of a social event and ignore the signs that you're no longer hungry or to feel an obligation to go along with the group.

6. Pictures Of Food

Sometimes all it takes is the power of suggestion to make you want to snack. Adverts with food in it makes it more likely that you'll grab whatever food you have on hand and chow down.

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