I would like to discuss the influence of emotional overeating on working toward achieving a healthy lifestyle. Here's a recap: In addition to medication, which caused weight-gaining properties, emotional overeating has had a great influence on my rapid weight gain over the course of many years. I believe that it affects many individuals in different levels of severity. Severity is in the eye of the beholder. It can range from consuming an "extra cookie" to binge eating. I have experienced the whole spectrum of these levels during different points in my life.