DietQ Type S is most commonly known as emotional or stress eating. Individuals exhibiting this type of disordered eating use food in an attempt to regulate their emotions with external comforts. As a result, many of them struggle to manage their weight and feel like a failure that adds to their need to use food.
Almost everyone has had the occasional “junk food after an awful day” moment, but, for those with DietQ Type S, food is linked to mood in a way that affects their everyday lives. Whether they’re stressed about an upcoming work deadline or excited about a friend’s new baby, it always feels like a good reason to eat.
Underlying Causes of Type S Behavior
There are a variety of genetic and environmental factors that can play into the development of Type S disordered eating. Mental health conditions like depression and anxiety are hereditary, and the intense emotions may lead some to soothe themselves with food. This can also be reinforced if a person grows up in a family where emotional eating was modeled for them (i.e., if you’re sad, you need ice cream).
As humans, we naturally tend to celebrate with food and seek to enjoy ourselves through our sense of smell and taste. We like to talk about “treating yourself” to something indulgent after a hard day or a job well done. For many, it’s easy to keep such treats in moderation. For those with a tendency toward emotional eating, however, this otherwise positive message may become a justification for self-defeating eating habits.
The Physical and Mental Effects of Stress Eating
Eating in response to stress or strong emotions may not pose an immediate threat to your health, but it can have serious repercussions over time. Because the foods people typically choose to eat when they’re upset or stressed tend to be high-calorie “guilty pleasures” like sweets, fast food, and rich comfort foods. Emotional eating can lead to things like weight gain, heart disease, diabetes, and malnutrition.
Emotional eating also affects a person’s mental health over time. People with DietQ Type S often feel guilty about their behaviors and lose the ability to identify feelings, triggers, and coping skills, which only reinforces the cycle by creating more uncomfortable emotions. The longer a person continues in the cycle, the more ingrained these habits become.
If this is your DietQ type, you first need to identify the reasons why you reach for food when you’re not hungry. Using specifically tailored exercises, you can build new, healthy habits in a plan that really works uniquely for you.
Your DietQ Type “S” Attributes
You may know your personality type, but do you know how that type affects your eating habits? In DietQ Type S, it’s not uncommon to see people who are deeply empathetic and feel the full range of emotions very strongly. It’s also not uncommon for Type S individuals to carry a lot of stress and responsibility in their careers and families. Being hardworking and emotionally connected are wonderful personality traits, but, for those who link feelings to food, they can turn into bad habits, weight gain, and a decline in physical and mental health.
By combining your personality attributes with your eating attitudes and responses to Type S questions, we’ll provide you with a solid plan to change your eating behaviors. Based on your DietQ Type S, your plan will lead you through a series of structured steps designed to help you internalize your controls around food.
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The DietQ Solution
As a Type S individual, you might feel that your struggles with overeating are your fault due to a basic lack of willpower. You might not know what triggers you to overeat, and you may struggle to understand why you switch from feeling fine one moment to reaching for food the next. Food temporarily makes you feel better and becomes a way of dealing with the stress of the day, removing unwanted thoughts or simply taking care of yourself. You may graze on food all day long, or you might snack at times when the stress is greatest.
Whatever the case, DietQ offers hope for lasting change!
The most important step in treating DietQ Type S is identifying and addressing the underlying issues that affect how you deal with emotions. Do you have undiagnosed anxiety? Did your parents give you sweets when you were upset? Whatever the reason it was created, the unhealthy link between comfort and food needs to be dissolved before you can expect lasting results from diet and exercise.
Remember: People vary even within DietQ Types. After you took the quiz, your personalized DietQ results gave you a detailed breakdown of your attributes. These results put you into a Type category that is specific to your personality, lifestyle, eating attitudes, and triggers. The DietQ Plan for your type will show you what makes you eat when you’re not hungry and give you a path to lifelong health and fitness success.