A lot of people don’t realize that emotional eating is directly related to stress. But if we put it this way, most emotional eaters are probably not aware that they have a problem in the first place.
Emotional eaters tend to eat whenever they feel upset, anxious, nervous, and basically… stressed.
While it is totally possible for someone to feel positive feelings like being happy and delighted when eating, that condition is more affectionately referred to as a binge. It’s still a form of emotional eating. But it’s positive connections make it a lesser problem than it’s negativity-inclined cousin.