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Thanksgiving Isn’t All About The Turkey: How To Deal With Emotional Eating, Family Drama

Excerpt from the Austin American-Statesman on November 19, 2013. Unfortunately, food also can be a coping mechanism that helps us deal with emotional stress, and many people, even those who have not been diagnosed with an eating disorder, use food to self-medicate, just as they could with alcohol and drugs, says Allison Chase, a licensed psychologist who specializes in eating disorders. “Food is one of the few things that uses all five of our senses, so you can see why it would be so stimulating and soothing at the same time,” Chase says. “You can numb yourself from dealing with the rest of the family and pretending that they don’t exist.”

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