Emotional Eating Is Nothing New, But This Study Says We’re Using Food To Self-Medicate Stressful Experiences

PTSD Could Lead to Food Addiction, Overeating in Women, mens diet

Emotional eating is absolutely nothing new– especially to ladies. After an especially hard day at work, I myself like to unwind from the day with a pint of Ben and Jerry’s … but a chicken burrito from Chipotle can serve the same purpose, too.

It ends up that science may have something to do with the reality that the only thing that can reduce an extremely bad day is something 800 calories or even more, and fattening. A brand-new study has actually discoveried that females who suffer from PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) are more likely to have food addiction. Which food obsession might depend upon the type, and timing of the injury.

Okay, so PTSD is way more severe (and frightening) than your typical psychological eater (I’m envisioning a girl getting broken up with after 2 dates, regretfully devouring a chocolate mousse cake. Which is entirely, totally, OK). However this research goes to demonstrate how our negative experiences– and good ones, too– affect what we’re putting in our mouths.

The research, published recently in JAMA Psychiatry looked at a group of 49,408 female nurses from 14 different states, all in between 25 and 42. The nurses were questioned about traumatic experiences that had happened in their lives (like childhood abuse, the violent death of an enjoyed one, and miscarriages), and whether they had actually experienced PTSD as a direct feedback.

Then the researchers asked the big concern: Did they have a food addiction?

Results found that females who had actually experienced symptoms of PTSD were most likely to reveal indicators and symptoms of food addiction. Nearly 18 percent of women with 6 or 7 symptoms of PTSD had food obsession, compared with 6 percent of women who had no PTSD symptoms throughout their lifetime.

The study failed to asked whether these women had been diagnosed with PTSD by a physician, so these women are basically identifying themselves– nor did it ask when they started experiencing food addiction (was it prior to or after the signs of PTSD?). Another problem with the research is that it defines ‘food obsession’ as a ‘reliance on food,’ which, newsflash, we all have (due to the fact that food is necessary for our survival).

However, the researchers concluded the findings show that observed links between PTSD and excessive weight might be partly explained by a tendency to utilize food to self-medicate terrible anxiety experiences. So food is medication, now?

Kind of. They do not call it ‘home cooking’ for no factor! However go simple on your ‘medication,’ due to the fact that weight problems goes hand-in-hand with food dependency. And while a pint of Ben and Jerry’s may make you feel excellent in the here and now minute, it will not heal your troubles for life. But it will give you saddle bags.

So whether you have actually dealt with an extremely terrible experience, next time you grab a bag of chips, ask yourself if you are unfortunate or starving. If it’s the latter, go all out. If it’s since you are sad, attempt doing something else that makes you happy initially. Like … anything but eating.