Stress link to junk food diet.
A study into stress eating has revealed why people turn to junk food when they are feeding the pinch.
Deakin University researcher Susan Torres explored the link between dietary intake and mental health, saying stress can make people eat more often and less healthily.
Chronic daily stress releases cortisol, which has been linked to an increasing appetite for sweet and fatty foods.
“Stress is harmful to the body, and is a major contributor to the development of chronic diseases such as obesity, cardiovascular disease and mental health disorders, such as anxiety and depression,“ the senior nutrition lecturer said.
Dr Torres said people leading busy lives opted for convenient options such as takeaway, adding “What we eat and when we eat does have a lot to do with the type of stress we are experiencing.”
But there were solutions to stop stress derailing the diet, such is knowing your triggers and planning ahead by organizing a healthy meal or snack.
“Find healthier options that fit in with your lifestyle, so you are not tempted,” she said.
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