Understanding Emotional Eating

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Frustrations, enthusiasm, rage, anxiety all keep bouncing within us in various situations. And all these expressions and sentiments have a direct impact on our eating habits. Some people tend to overeat when happy while other do so when sad.  Many times we do not eat to satisfy our hunger, but we turn to food for stress-relief. 

Research suggests that people, who choose to eat food to release their stress, tend to make unhealthy food choices, which deteriorates their diet and causes obesity.

According to some scientists a stressful situation can trigger a drive to eat food. In such situation many people prefer to feast on high-calorie sugary and fatty food items. There is not enough research done yet to clearly understand the mechanism that links stress and food intake. However, the available evidence suggests that when we are under stress, there is an increase in the activity of hormone, known as “cortisol,” which further increases the consumption of glucose (sugar) by the brain. This may lead to intake of large amounts of sugary food during stressful situations.  

Some experts believe that consumption of sugar and fat can produce similar effects as opiates in the brain which makes you feel happy and forget all the tensions. Therefore, for some people, food becomes an inexpensive way to achieve relief from stress. Thus, people end up eating large quantities of sugary and fatty food to get short term relief from discomfort.

Unfortunately eating cannot solve problems and give only temporary relief from stress. In fact, it makes you feel guilty about your bad eating habits. You must consider some healthy ways of de-stressing such as exercise, meditation, or other relaxation techniques. Massage therapy is another great way to overcome mental and physical stress. You may opt for an Aromatherapy Massage, which is known to improve mood and calm your mind.


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