How has stress eating changed your life

: Stop the stressful eating

Coping with stress is important. But what many people are not at all aware of: The way in which food is consumed can also become an unwanted form of stress management. Because those who are electrified often have a permanent appetite. This increases the risk of overeating - and too much of the wrong thing. Because with the stress, the desire for fat and sweet also increases.

But how can a phenomenon that is actually of purely psychological origin change eating habits - and thus influence the body? This is because certain hormones are released during stress that prepare the entire organism for a dangerous situation and mobilize forces that enable a fight or flight: the muscles tense, breathing and pulse accelerate. At the same time, all functions that are currently not required are throttled. This particularly includes digestion.

It does not matter whether a saber-toothed tiger suddenly appears in front of you, a member of a hostile tribe or whether it is "just" a hectic and uncomfortable situation at work or at home. Our body reacts to stress with the same mechanisms that ensured our ancestors' survival. The reactions that take place in the organism when you have put the stressful situation behind you are still the same today as they were in the past. This includes in particular: The body registers an increased need for readily available energy, especially sweet and fatty foods, in order to replenish supplies that may have been used up by fighting or fleeing.