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Healing Childhood Trauma & Overcoming Emotional Eating

Childhood trauma can have profound and long-lasting effects on our emotional well-being. It can shape our beliefs, behaviours, and relationship with food. For many individuals, this can manifest as emotional eating and weight gain in adulthood. In this blog post, we will explore the link between childhood trauma and emotional eating, the impact of bullying on obesity in adult life, and provide practical strategies to overcome emotional eating and foster healing.

The Link Between Childhood Trauma and Emotional Eating:

Childhood trauma disrupts our sense of safety and security, leaving emotional scars that can impact our relationship with food. Emotional eating often becomes a coping mechanism to numb pain, find comfort, or regain control. Food becomes a source of temporary relief, leading to a cycle of guilt, shame, and further emotional distress. Research has shown that traumatic experiences, such as physical or emotional abuse, neglect, or household dysfunction, are associated with an increased risk of emotional eating and weight gain in adulthood.

Bullying and Obesity:

One specific form of childhood trauma that has garnered attention is bullying. Being bullied during school years can have a significant impact on mental health and well-being, which can lead to emotional eating and obesity in adult life. Studies have found that individuals who experienced bullying are more likely to struggle with weight issues later on. The psychological distress caused by bullying can disrupt eating patterns and contribute to emotional eating as a coping mechanism. It's essential to recognise the lasting effects of bullying and address the emotional wounds to break free from the cycle of emotional eating.

Strategies to Overcome Emotional Eating:

  1. Seek Support: Reach out to trusted friends, family members, or seek professional help from therapists or counsellors who specialise in trauma and emotional eating. They can provide guidance, validation, and help you navigate the healing process.

  2. Mindful Eating: Practise mindful eating to reconnect with your body's signals and cultivate a healthier relationship with food. Slow down, savour each bite, and pay attention to hunger and fullness cues. Be present in the moment and observe any emotions that arise while eating.

  3. Find Healthy Coping Mechanisms: Discover alternative ways to manage emotions without turning to food. Engage in activities like journaling, art therapy, deep breathing exercises, meditation, or physical activities such as yoga or dancing. These outlets can help release emotions and provide healthier ways to cope.

  4. Cultivate Self-Compassion: Be kind to yourself throughout the healing process. Let go of self-judgement and practise self-compassion. Recognise that healing takes time and embrace the journey of self-discovery and growth.

  5. Build a Supportive Network: Surround yourself with understanding individuals who can offer empathy, encouragement, and support. Seek out support groups or online communities where you can share experiences, gain insights, and connect with others on a similar healing journey.

Take the Next Step: If you're ready to break free from emotional eating and embark on a journey of healing, I invite you to join my free emotional eating online masterclass at In this masterclass, we will explore practical strategies, provide valuable insights, and offer tools to help you overcome emotional eating. You'll learn techniques to build resilience, foster self-compassion, and develop a healthy relationship with food.

Additionally, you can download my free ebook guide to emotional eating at This comprehensive guide will provide you with in-depth information, tips, and actionable steps to support your journey towards overcoming emotional eating.

Remember, healing from childhood trauma and breaking free from emotional eating is a transformative process. By taking these steps, you are empowering yourself to reclaim your emotional well-being, develop a healthier relationship with food, and live a more fulfilling life.

Best wishes,

Gary Ⓥ The Vegan Online Coach


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