EFT for Binge Eating: Tapping to Break the Cycle

EFT for Binge Eating; Tapping to Break the Cycle

In this article, you will learn how EFT Tapping can offer relief from the emotional distress associated with binge eating. You will discover practical techniques to break free from the cycle of overeating, fostering a sense of empowerment and well-being. Explore how EFT provides valuable tools to address underlying emotions and promote a healthier relationship with food.

Binge eating can feel like an overwhelming cycle to break. Have you ever wondered if it's linked to your emotions? It's not easy to control those cravings, especially when they're tied to deeper feelings. But there's hope.

If you find it hard to control your cravings, you're not alone. Binge eating is a personal battle, often linked to your feelings and life events.

Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT), also known as tapping, could be the key to breaking free from this cycle. Let's explore how EFT can help you understand and overcome binge eating by addressing the root causes of your emotions (1).

You see, binge eating isn't just about food—it's about what's going on inside. EFT taps into that connection between your emotions and your eating habits.

It's like a blend of ancient wisdom and modern psychology, using gentle tapping on specific points of your body to release emotional tension.

Picture this: you tap on specific points on your body while focusing on the emotions behind your binge eating. It's like hitting reset on your emotional system, helping to clear out those pesky emotional barriers and restore some balance.

With EFT, you can unlock a sense of balance and harmony within yourself, helping you regain control over your eating habits and find peace with food.


If you've ever found yourself caught in the cycle of binge eating, you're not alone. Binge eating often goes hand in hand with emotional distress, and it's important to understand the connection between the two to break free from this pattern.

Let's take a closer look at some key aspects of how your mental health and binge eating are linked:

EFT Tapping for Bingeing


Emotional Triggers

When you're feeling stressed, anxious, sad, or lonely, it's common to turn to food for comfort. Food becomes a way to soothe or numb overwhelming emotions, leading to episodes of binge eating.


Coping Mechanism

Binge eating can serve as a coping mechanism to deal with your emotional discomfort. It provides temporary relief from negative feelings, but ultimately leaves you feeling guilty and ashamed, perpetuating the cycle of emotional distress.


Negative Emotions and Self-Perception

Binge eating can contribute to negative emotions and a poor self-image. The guilt and shame that follow a binge only reinforce negative beliefs about yourself, fueling further emotional distress.


Unresolved Trauma or Past Experiences

Sometimes, binge eating is rooted in unresolved trauma or past experiences. Traumatic events can leave emotional scars that lead to disordered eating behaviors as a way to cope and regain a sense of control.


Lack of Emotional Regulation Skills

If you struggle with binge eating, you may find it challenging to regulate your emotions effectively. Without healthy coping mechanisms, turning to food becomes a default way to manage emotions.


Biological Factors

Biological factors like hormonal imbalances and neurotransmitter fluctuations can also play a role in binge eating. These factors affect your mood and metabolism, making it easier to turn to food for emotional relief.

Understanding these connections is the first step toward breaking free from binge eating and finding healthier ways to cope with emotional distress.

With support and guidance, you can learn to manage your emotions and develop positive coping strategies that don't involve food. Remember, you're not alone on this journey, and there is hope for healing and recovery.


Symptoms of compulsive eating disorders; effectiveness of emotional response

You might notice that you're eating even when you're not physically hungry. Sometimes, you may find yourself eating large amounts of food in a short period of time, often in secret or when you're alone.

This behavior can lead to feelings of distress and a sense of loss of control over your eating habits.

Recognising these signs is essential in identifying the presence of stressful binge eating and seeking appropriate support. Here are some common addiction symptoms:

  • Consuming Large Quantities: You may find yourself eating a lot of food in a short time, feeling out of control and distressed.

  • Rapid Eating: Binge-eating often involves eating quickly, without paying attention to hunger or fullness.

  • Eating Past Fullness: Even when you're full, you might keep eating to cope with emotions, leading to more distress.

  • Emotional Triggers: Stress, anxiety, or sadness can trigger binge-eating as a way to find comfort.

  • Secrecy and Shame: You might eat in secret due to feelings of shame and guilt, further isolating yourself.

  • Preoccupation with Food: Thoughts of food and eating can dominate your mind, especially before or after a binge.

Remember, if you're experiencing any of these symptoms, you're not alone. Seeking support and guidance can help you navigate through this challenging time and find healthier ways to cope with stress and emotions.

"Emotional eating doesn't heal emotional issues. When you overeat, it's because you're avoiding a needed conversation with yourself."



EFT, or Emotional Freedom Techniques, is a therapeutic approach rooted in the principles of traditional Chinese medicine and modern psychology. It involves tapping on specific meridian points on your body while you're focusing on emotional issues or negative thought patterns.

By tapping on these points and acknowledging the associated emotions, EFT aims to release energy blockages and restore balance to your body's energy system.

When it comes to binge eating, EFT can become a valuable tool in your journey to uncover and address the emotional triggers behind your behavior.

You might find yourself turning to food as a way to cope with difficult emotions or life experiences, and binge eating often becomes a habitual response to stress, anxiety, or unresolved trauma.

Instead of turning to food for comfort or distraction, you can learn to manage your emotions in more constructive ways through the help of EFT.

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With EFT, you can cultivate a deeper awareness of your emotions and cravings, allowing you to break free from the cycle of compulsive overeating.

EFT provides a safe and supportive space to explore the emotions and experiences that drive your binge eating behaviors. With each tapping session, you empower yourself to confront and transform the root causes of your binge eating disorder, paving the way for lasting healing and recovery.

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Let's explore the benefits that EFT for weight loss can offer in the context of Binge Eating Disorder:


Emotional Regulation

EFT helps regulate stress responses, reducing negative emotions triggering binge eating.


Breaking the Binge Cycle

One of the primary benefits of EFT is its ability to interrupt the cycle of binge eating with regular clinical practice. Through tapping, individuals can address the underlying emotional triggers, disrupting the automatic response of turning to food for emotional relief (2).


Identifying Triggers

EFT Tapping provides a structured approach to identifying and resolving emotional triggers, helping you gain insight into the root causes of your distress and fostering self-awareness. EFT for kids provides a structured and effective method for identifying and resolving emotional triggers associated with binge eating.


Reduction in Emotional Eating Urges

By practicing EFT regularly, you will find that the intensity and frequency of urges to engage in emotional eating diminish, giving you greater control over your impulses.


Improving Self-Perception

EFT Tapping not only addresses emotional triggers but also helps reframe negative beliefs about yourself and your body, leading to a more positive self-image and increased self-esteem.


The Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) can be a helpful tool for addressing binge eating by targeting emotional triggers and reducing the intensity of cravings. Here are steps you can follow for EFT Tapping specifically aimed at addressing binge eating:

Step 1:

First Use EFT Tapping to Gauge how Binge Eating Feels Like

The first step is to explore the physical sensations in the body associated with binge eating. Recognise and identify the emotional triggers or situations that lead to binge eating.

These triggers could include stress, boredom, loneliness, or certain emotional states.


Identifying Surface-Level Issues Related to Binge Eating

Recall a moment when your emotions were overwhelming during a binge eating episode.

Recognise physical sensations in your body and acknowledge surface symptoms such as emotional responses (guilt, shame, and anxiety), mental challenges (thoughts of lack of control, negative body image, and self-criticism), and physical discomfort (stomach tension, rapid heartbeat, etc.)

For this tapping sequence, let’s focus on the primary emotion of Guilt (You can address other emotions individually).


Rate the Intensity

Rate your current feelings of guilt on a scale of 1-10, with 10 being extremely high and 1 being low.


Tap on the Karate Chop Point

Begin tapping on the Karate Chop point while reciting a setup statement:

"Even though I feel guilty about binge eating, I deeply and completely accept myself."

(Repeat this statement three times.)


Tapping Sequence

Start Tapping on the Upper Body, Facial, and Finger Tapping Points:

  • Eyebrow: I feel guilty about _________

  • Side of the Eye: I feel it in my ___________

  • Under the Eye: It’s at a number _______

  • Under the Nose: It makes me feel _______

  • Chin: It’s in my ________ at a number _____

  • Collarbone: It makes me feel_________

  • Under the arm: So ____________

  • Thumb: So ____________

  • Index Finger: Guilty because___________

  • Middle Finger: I feel it in my ______________

  • Little Finger: So________________

EFT Tapping points for eating and addiction; EFT childhood treatment


Close the Sequence

Return to the karate chop point and repeat the setup statement to conclude the tapping sequence:

"Even though I feel guilty about binge eating, I deeply and completely accept myself."



Take a moment to breathe deeply and engage in a calming activity.



Reassess your feelings of guilt and observe any changes in your thoughts and emotions regarding binge eating. Repeat the process as needed.

Step 2:

Explore Past Experiences Contributing to Feelings of Guilt

Reflect on specific events or memories that may have triggered guilt associated with binge eating. Consider questions such as:

  • When have you felt guilty before due to binge eating?

  • What memories come to mind when you experience guilt?

  • Are there situations where you don’t feel guilty?

  • What triggers feelings of guilt for you?

Step 3:

Challenge Limiting Beliefs About Binge Eating

Identify and challenge any beliefs that may be perpetuating binge eating habits. Transform negative beliefs into positive affirmations, such as:

  • "I can't control my eating habits." to “I have the power to make healthy choices.”

  • "I'll always struggle with binge eating." to “I am capable of overcoming my binge eating habits.”

  • "I'm not worthy of a healthy relationship with food." to “I deserve to nourish my body with love and respect.”

Step 4:

Conclude with Positive Affirmations

End the session by tapping on positive affirmations tailored to your specific symptoms:

"Even though I feel guilty due to binge eating, I choose to forgive myself and make positive choices for my well-being."

One of the joys of being an EFT Practitioner is witnessing personal success stories. Clients share their triumphs over binge eating, their newfound sense of emotional freedom, and the positive shifts in their relationship with food. These success stories serve as a testament to the transformative potential of EFT.


EFT Tapping offers a promising avenue for breaking free from the cycle of binge eating. Through the gentle yet powerful practice of tapping, you can address the underlying emotional triggers that drive your compulsive eating habits.

By cultivating greater awareness of your emotions and developing effective coping strategies, you can gradually overcome the urge to binge eat and foster a healthier relationship with food and yourself.

Practising EFT for binge eating empowers you to reclaim control over your eating habits and embark on a journey towards lasting emotional and physical well-being.

Continue to learn and explore!


Dr Rangana Rupavi Choudhuri (PhD)

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In summary, Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) emerges as a promising and transformative tool in the journey to overcome binge eating disorder (BED). By addressing the intricate connection between emotional distress and disordered eating, EFT offers a unique approach to breaking the cycle of emotional eating. Its benefits ranging from emotional regulation to fostering long-term sustainability, showcase its potential as a holistic and complementary therapeutic tool.