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7 student tips to avoid overeating

Binging on food for comfort when stressed or depressed is dangerous and can lead to diseases such as diabetes, obesity and high cholesterol

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The desire for a small 'chewable' may push you to empty an entire bag, carton, or container of food in no time. play

The desire for a small 'chewable' may push you to empty an entire bag, carton, or container of food in no time.

Some compulsive over eaters binge on food for comfort when they are stressed, depressed... play

Some compulsive over eaters binge on food for comfort when they are stressed, depressed...

Students and the younger folks are more prone to excessive eating because of the demands of academic activities which often prevents a regularised eating pattern.

Some compulsive over eaters binge on food for comfort when they are stressed, depressed and the danger is the desire for a small 'chewable' may push you to empty an entire bag, carton, or container of food in no time.

These tips will help you guard yourself against over eating:

  1. Have a regular eating pattern and maintain it. Eat regular meals and consume 90% of your calories before 8 p.m.

  2. Pay attention to your food while eating so you know how much you're consuming

  3. Avoid eating in front of the TV. The distraction keeps you wolfing down more than is needed.

  4. If you must snack, make it a portion-controlled snack. Some good options are packaged 100 calorie snacks, small servings of popcorn, ice cream bars, low-fat yogurt or fruit.

  5. Eat every three to four hours. This it helps regulate your blood sugar, and thus control hunger and cravings.

  6. Go for food that is light in calories.

  7. If you want to eat late-night make it more like a “midnight mini-meal” than a gourmand feast.

  8. Don’t eat for comfort when you aren't hungry. Fight the urge.

It is important to know that overeating isn't always characterized by being overweight and many normal-weight individuals fall victim to overeating behaviour because of its strong emotional component.

Note also that overeating can lead to diseases such as diabetes, obesity and high cholesterol. It may also be a symptom of binge eating disorder or bulima, in which case you need professional medical attention.

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