It may be common wisdom today that people often overeat when they’re anxious or stressed out. But did you know there’s a biological reason for this behavior?
Stress And Overeating: Biology at Work
According to a report from Harvard Medical School, long term stress (meaning more than just an immediate, “fight or flight” situation) has a profound effect on the adrenal glands, which in turn release the hormone cortisol into the body. It is this cortisol response that stimulates appetite and in particular, a taste for foods high in fat, sugar or both. What’s more, researchers have found, is that the body can be “stuck” in this stress response long after the stressful moment is over. Understanding why you’re eating-or overeating-is the first step towards healthy and permanent weight loss.