Why do we eat when we are not hungry?


It could be out of joy, but chances are it’s because we’re anxious, stressed, mad, tired, sad, or bored. With these emotions perceived by the body as chronic stress, the brain releases cortisol, which can stimulate the appetite. As a result, we may turn to food. The science of cravings is complex, but we’re often seeking salt, fat, and/or sugar. These hyperpalatable foods stimulate the release of dopamine, which can initially make us feel good and keep us wanting more.