Food and Emotion: Why Some People Eat Too Much

America has a weight problem. More than 65 percent of U.S. adults are classified as overweight or obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And the trend shows no signs of slowing down.

Overeating is at the heart of this troubling statistic and, for some people, overeating is a desperate attempt to answer emotional needs.

How can overeaters address their emotional needs in healthier ways?

  • Look for responses to emotional discomfort other than food. The next time you're feeling blue, take a long walk. Exercise can elevate your mood by changing your body's chemistry.

  • Stop and think before you dig into that next bowl of ice cream. Ask yourself: "Do I really want to eat this? Am I even hungry?"

  • Keep an "Eating Journal" to write down your daily food intake as a way of becoming more conscious of your eating patterns.

  • If you don't feel confident about your ability to stop overeating, seek professional counseling.

And remember: You're not alone. Millions of other Americans struggle with this problem.