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Definition of Emotional eating

Emotional eating: Emotional eating is the practice of consuming large quantities of food -- usually "comfort" or junk foods -- in response to feelings instead of hunger. Experts estimate that 75% of overeating is caused by emotions.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
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Last Editorial Review: 6/14/2012

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