Why Do We Eat More When Stressed?

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A recent research initiated by Chef & Brewer goes to show just how often we treat food as the quickest-working and cheapest comfort producer… if not a psychologist.

Woman eating salad

A third of employers at their work habitually start munching something as soon as they feel stress level reach a certain point as a means of fighting it down. Snacks also seem to help through a long and tiring day.

In 80 per cent of cases workers stuff themselves with unhealthy fast food or indulge in sweet treats, relinquishing the very idea of having a proper meal during the working time.

33 per cent of people admit they derive comfort from eating when cold sets in and regularly eat more in winter.

25% of the 3,000 people polled say that eating helps them calm down after an altercation with their partner.

Finally, food brings welcome comfort to 19% of those who have suffered from inability to button up their clothes properly because they have gained weight.

It emerges that even without having to answer questions of this poll the average person thinks about food for 1h 40 m per day. Does that mean we would have eaten even more if we could?

“There is nothing wrong in doing this,” a spokesperson for Chef & Brewer hurries to smooth things over – for finding consolation in eating is an intrinsic human trait, while hearty and substantial meals are considered traditional for winter.

Source of the image: Photl.