Stress, mood swings lead to overeating: warn health experts

Stress, mood swings lead to overeating: warn health expertsStress, swings in mood, long gap between two meals as well as availability of a broad variety of food options are responsible for the habit of overeating, health experts warned.

Dietitian Akshita Aggarwal said people tend to overeat when they feel emotional or stressed, or when they are under influence of any trauma or discomfort.

She added that a long gap between two meals and the broad variety of food options available in the market also contribute to overeating.

Speaking on the topic, Aggarwal said, "Usually, when people feel emotional, stressed, are under any trauma or have any discomfort, they tend to eat a lot. Some people eat more to feel better and overcome trauma."

Max Hospital's chief dietitian Divya Choudhary agreed with Aggarwal, but she added that stress could also cause under-eating, which could lead to several heal issues such as weaker immunity, hair fall, calcium deficiency, and anemia.

Nutritionist Pawan Sethi, of Mansarovar Garden-based Dr. Rachna's Diet, noted that increase in people's disposable income allow them to afford more and go on outings where they eat more junk foods.

If not treated in time, overeating can lead to diseases like obesity, heart disease, diabetics, high blood pressure, depression, high cholesterol and kidney disease.