When it comes to making healthier choices, stress can be a major factor leading to people making unhealthy decisions. Stress eating can be also known as emotional eating and is the reason that diets are not successful to most people.
Harvard Health Publications states that stress releases hormones that can lead to unhealthy eating habits. Their studies show that stress eating is also more common in women than in men. Emotional eating is using food to make yourself feel better—eating to fill emotional needs, rather than to fill your stomach. You then feel bad after the emotional eating because you gained a lot of weight.
Anything or any stressful situation one could go through can trigger an emotional eating attack. According to the Mayo Clinic, they can be anything from relationship problems, work/school stress, fatigue, and financial or health problems.
They are hard to control and need to be thought through and planned how to be dealt with. HelpGuide.org is a great resource to give tips also emotional eating and questions to identify yourself as an emotional eater. I know that I myself am an emotional eater and am working towards trying to control the cravings
Some tips to avoid stress eating can be exercise like walking or running, reading a good book, or doing a puzzle/craft. To avoid stressful eating at work, I try to bring my own lunch to work and lock up my wallet so I do not go out and get fast food. I also drink lots of water when I get a craving for sugar or junk food at work.