Most aspects of our lives are full of stresses such as relationship issues, important work projects, and bills to pay. When these stressful events occur, you may have noticed an increased tendency to be standing in front of the fridge. It turns out you are far from alone— in a recent report, it was stated that 38 percent of adults overeat or eating unhealthy foods due to various stresses.
Of the 38 percent who reported stress eating, 33 percent said they did so as a way to distract themselves from the feelings associated with stress. When we aren’t happy with the moment we’re in, whether due to stress or other uncomfortable emotions, we turn to more pleasurable activities, like eating, which provide temporary solace. Typically, the foods we crave are high in sugar, unhealthy fat and carbohydrates which release dopamine, a feel-good neurotransmitter in the brain, which helps explain the continual trips to the kitchen.
Unfortunately, this short-term fix can lead to weight gain and health problems associated with overeating such as Type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Stress eating is like putting a small adhesive bandage on a broken arm. Rather than get to the root cause of why we’re stressed out, we cover it up with fast food and sugary treats. If we don’t deal with the stress itself we become vulnerable to the effects it can have on both the body and mind, including raised blood pressure, digestive problems, increased risk of depression, and many more issues.
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