Many tend to over eat or eat less if they are stressed or experience anxiety. Many significant studies have been conducted about how stress affects our eating habits. Stress eating or eating disorders due to severe anxiety could be harmful for the health and well being of the human body and mind.
Stress could be defined as a physical or mental pressure that are caused due to difficulties in relationships, at work space or because of health related issues. This could affect us both mentally and physically. Sleep, exercise and food are the three most important factors that play major roles in ensuring our well being. If one cannot sleep properly or catch enough exercise to maintain a healthy body, it could affect the eating habits as well. This further leads to mental and physical discomfort.
Many confess that they over eat while under great stress. A few studies have revealed that men tend to overeat when they experience anger or depression. Such eating disorders are seen in women and young girls as well. The studies further explain how such eating disorders could severely affect the health of the individuals.
Meanwhile, in some others stress or anxiety creates an aversion to food or lack of appetite. Tendency to vomit while eating, difficulties in swallowing food or feeling the food as bland and tasteless are some of the symptoms of this condition. Without sufficient intake of food, the body weight would drop drastically which may even lead to other health problems. Stress disrupts the proper functioning of the hormones in our brain. This affects the active sympathetic nervous system in our body and reduces appetite.
When under duress, severe stress or anxiety the body produces a hormone called the cortisol, which is also called the stress hormone. This could even lead to obesity or overweight. Studies have proved that the high amount of cortisol and high blood pressure could lead to fat deposits in the waist area which causes obesity.