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Let’s face it, you may not go back for thirds when eating at a work function, but you might occasionally consume a lot of food, or even “odd” food when you’re by yourself. While that’s somewhat understandable behavior, what’s not normal is when you become obsessed with eating extremely different in secret or alone—and often. Cynthia Bulik, PhD, director of the Eating Disorders Program at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, tells Prevention that especially for women, this can become problematic. “There’s sort of an unstated rule” that they should always be on a diet and not have a large appetite, she says. Speak to a professional about any eating disorders you think you may have.
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Do you find yourself thinking about your childhood home or first pet more often when you’re alone than when you’re with other people? There’s a reason for that, and it’s all normal. According to a New York Times article, the bittersweet memories attached to nostalgia have been found to help shed feelings of boredom and loneliness. So go ahead and indulge in memories. Doing so may be just what you need when you’re by yourself.