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Madison College: School of Professional and Continuing Education

Emotional Eating & Food Addiction Course (v.01)

Part of the Wellness Counseling Certificate, this class examines both food addiction & emotional eating, and how they relate to the obesity epidemic, focusing on scientific evidence that continues to indicate that both concepts are here to stay. Emotional eating has been referred to by experts in the field as being prevalent in up to 3/4 of cases of overweight and obesity, and in 2016, The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse Released a Novel Report on Food Addiction.

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What it takes to earn this badge

  • Assist in delivery of behavior change interventions that are rooted in both cognitive and emotional psychology.
  • Recognize psychology-based information that is based on cognitive psychology and on the psychology of emotion.
  • Understand issues that help to explain why cognitive psychological approaches have historically been emphasized over emotional psychology in related studies.
  • Assist clients in recognizing potential roles that negative moods and depression have on appetite, food cravings, and compulsive overeating.
  • Identify behavioral issues in clients with emotional eating, binging problems, and food addiction.
  • Understand why clients eating behaviors may be strongly influenced by emotion-related issues such as stress, frustration, self-loathing, guilt, and depression.
  • Assist in teaching chronic dieters by offering practical strategies to help break the yo-yo dieting cycle.
  • Assist clients in the process of improving upon situations where they feel "controlled" by foods.
  • Help clients to minimize concerns related to social and cultural influences on body weight.
  • Earn 80% or more of the total points within the course.
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