Stress Eating - Why You Do It and How to Stop

Stress eating is something that affects most people in their lifetimes, whether it’s on a regular basis or at certain times of high tension. While it’s both common and normal, it can cause long-lasting health problems down the road that you can and should avoid. These health problems include hypertension, diabetes, rapid weight gain, and more.

What is stress eating?

Stress eating is a coping mechanism that many people utilize because food is a comfort for them, and a way to escape the stress of life. For some people, it may even be a learned behavior that began in childhood. Perhaps your parents gave you a little treat as a kid when you had a tough day, so you associated treats and comfort food with feeling better - which is why people turn to food during times of stress.

How does stress affect your body?

There are a lot of ways stress can affect the body, including the following:

● irritability

● anxiety

● depression

● headaches

● Insomnia

There are much more severe symptoms of chronic stress such as rapid breathing, a weakened immune system, risk of heart attack, fertility problems or missed periods, and more. So, overall, stress can really affect every single aspect and function of your body if not properly addressed.

What are some of the psychological factors that lead to stress eating?