Betty on the News: Stressed Women More Likely to Reach for High-Fat Food
Women who are chronically stressed are more likely to reach for that candy bar than those who are not, according to a new study.
-Margeaux Baulch Klein
Are you constantly stressed out and can’t control your cravings for chocolate? If so, you’re not alone, according to new research.
Although, in general, some people may eat less when they are under pressure and some may eat more, women who are chronically stressed due to ongoing problems like not being able to pay their bills, feeling stuck in a job they don’t like, and/or having a child who isn’t doing well in school are more likely to eat fattening foods and feel like their eating is out of control, says a study by the Obesity Society.
Women who were chronically stressed also were more likely to be rigid in their dieting by skipping meals and vowing to avoid fattening foods, although those techniques tend to backfire said psychologist Elissa Epel.
“Chronic stress really taxes people’s ability to self-monitor their eating behavior. In our current environment of abundantly rich food, we need every ounce of conscious effort to manage our eating, because eating is an automatic behavior we can do too easily and too often if we’re not mindful,” she said. (USA Today)