Both stress and anxiety play a key role in the development of eating problems, especially in the case of overweight and obesity. When stressful or anxious episodes arise, it is common for many people to seek comfort consuming ultra-processed foods, which are high in sugar, fat, and salt, which, in excess, could cause serious health problems. However, in some cases, episodes of stress and anxiety could cause a totally opposite reaction and suppress the appetite, causing other nutritional problems.
Causes and risk factors:
It is known that eating certain foods can provide an apparent sense of calm when going through periods of high stress or anxiety. The problem is that, in doing so, the central nervous system could get used to dealing with these emotions in this way and lead us towards a greater consumption of ultra-processed foods, which could trigger serious health problems, including being overweight and obesity.