When faced with stress, does the very thought of food turn your stomach, or do you instantly reach for a burger and fries or a bar of chocolate? People who seek solace in food during times of stress are usually the ones told to regulate their bad habits, but new research from Germany finds that, in good times, stress eaters eat much less.
The research, published in Psychological Science, shows that both people who overindulge and those who shun food in times of stress compensate for their behavior in positive situations. Stress eaters eat less following a positive experience, while stress shunners eat more.
Overeating or eating unhealthy food when faced with stress is something 43% of Americans admit, according the study, while 36% confess to skipping at least one meal in the last month due to stress.