Psychological hunger is a hunger where the body has no physical signals that it needs food intake, but still has a desire to eat. E.g; Although you feel full after the main meal, the foods consumed to pass the time as a result of craving sweets or boredom are purely psychological hunger indicators.

Psychological hunger is an important factor that causes weight gain and can be triggered by many different reasons.

Anorexia: It is a disorder of people who have traumatized the fear of gaining weight and who eat very little in order not to gain weight and who constantly diet to lose weight.
Bigorexia: It is the discomfort of people who tend to build muscle rather than being healthy by doing sports that healthy and fit individuals do for 1-2 hours 3 times a week, 5 days a week for 3-4 hours.
Bulimia: It is another eating disorder that causes the food to be thrown out of the body without digesting it with the desire to vomit, as well as the desire to overeat.

What is Emotional Hunger?

He wanted to replace the deficiencies experienced or felt psychologically with food, in fact, it is exactly emotional hunger. If you feel hungry all the time when you can't even be physically hungry, you may have an eating disorder based on a psychological problem.

Psychological reasons: It is felt more during periods when people's emotional weaknesses are intense, such as traumatic childhood periods, emotional gaps, adolescence periods. We prefer to eat to fill the emotional void we live in. This pushes us to an eating disorder based on disordered eating habits.

Loneliness: In fact, the title of loneliness and emotional hunger are completely intertwined. If an individual is emotionally hungry and constantly consuming something, he gains weight. As you gain weight, your self-confidence also suffers. As a result of injury, social activities are rare or interrupted. This creates loneliness in the individual. As long as he is alone, it turns out that he constantly wants to eat. Loneliness is the most critical and vicious cycle of emotional hunger with eating disorder.

Eating Disorder Treatment

First, you have to admit that you have an eating disorder. Before starting treatment, you should determine what type of eating disorder you have and discover the emotional transitions that give you this feeling. Eating disorder is an option that comes to you not only when you are unhappy, stressed or anxious, but also when you are happy and want to reward yourself. While discovering the emotional transitions that trigger your eating disorder, you should not only think about the negative situations you have experienced. You have to come to terms with it and see it as a treatable disease.

Although eating disorder treatments are shaped according to the eating disorder status of the person, some patients should be inpatient treatment. In severe cases, hospitalization may be mandatory. If;

If you are experiencing rapid weight loss
If you vomit constantly during the day,
If you have a medical nutritional disorder,
If you have been treated as an outpatient before and have not regained your health,
If you are experiencing psychiatric illnesses,

You should stick to any diet, medication and exercise that will be given through expert dietitians. Treatment processes in nutritional disorders always give long-term results. Before starting the treatment, you should get rid of your daily habits, your eating habits, and any facts that will remind you of your old habits. Including your friends or work if you think you're doing harm. Remember it is treatable! I wish you to be able to continue your life without acquiring the same habits again after you regain your health.

Prepare for Moments of Emotional Hunger

Taking time for yourself to identify the moments when you experience emotional hunger, finding the answers to the questions below, and planning what you can do instead of eating something in these situations will make you feel ready.

In which areas of your life (work, school, home, etc.) and in which challenging situations do you experience more emotional hunger?

Instead of eating during times of emotional hunger, what can you do to relax or distract your brain and shift your focus?

Meditation, walking, taking a shower can relax you. In addition to relaxing methods, sometimes keeping the brain busy on a different subject can give better results in managing moments of emotional hunger. Examples of activities such as listening to audio broadcasts about the subjects you are curious about and want to learn, dealing with a hobby that will keep your hands busy, chatting with a friend, solving puzzles can be given as examples. The important thing is to find activities that will really work for you.

Especially for the 12-21 age group, which includes the adolescence years, the use of social media should be evaluated by considering different variables. This age group consists of individuals who were born in the 21st century and therefore were born into technology. Therefore, the use of technology, internet and social media for this age group is much different from other generations.

The absence of physical sharing during the use of social media may cause individuals to exhibit more negative discourse, attitude and attitude towards each other. Individuals can do things that they cannot say or do to others in real life, by taking power from their social media accounts. Such as negative, insulting, swearing, threatening or abusive comments, messages. Individuals exhibiting these behaviors not only damage the uniqueness of the other party, but also develop a bad reputation for their own future.

Young people who are exposed to hate and aggressive discourse and behaviors are also negatively affected by social media. Young people think that the foreigners they meet here are like this in real life. Therefore, young people may think that unknown people are dangerous and bullying. This negatively affects young people's social relations and social communication initiatives.

An important negative effect is that young people compare their social media performance with each other. Young people can describe themselves as valuable or worthless with the likes and comments on the content they share. Likes, comments, number of followers and frequency of sharing are important for young people.

Another negative effect of social media is that it leads to uncontrolled and unnecessary consumption. Young people can buy products and brands used by their peers with the desire to belong to a group or to gain admiration. The financial burden of some products can cause young people not to reach their desires and to experience disappointment. Product promotions, advertisements and campaigns with striking slogans on social media affect young people.

Visuals and videos containing violence, bullying and display on social media also negatively affect young people. Natural disasters, accidents, terrorist attacks, political posts cause young people to be psychologically affected negatively. Sleep-eating problems, anxiety disorder, depression, fear of being harmed, and future anxiety may develop in young people.

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