Emo Eat: A disorder or a reality

If there was a reason at all to take the saying “you are what you eat” seriously, it would be the study in question. How many times has a stressful day at work culminated into one coming home, feeling lazy, ordering a pizza, wolfing down the whole thing accompanied by a soda or some alternate fizzy drink, which is then followed by ice cream or cookies, whichever be the preferred dessert. Several. Right? 

Eating disorders are for real, and they affect us in ways that are extremely unhealthy. According to the American Psychological Association (APA), emotional eating is a common phenomenon, and as many as 39 per cent people have indulged in eating junk food as a stress buster. Conversely, 31 percent adults admitted skipping a meal due to stress in the past month.

Taking into consideration such statistics, the University of Salzburg, in collaboration with the University of Luxembourg, has come up with a project called Emo Eat, which will explore the possibility of a link between food and emotions in bulimic and healthy women.

“We focus on food intake not driven by hunger. We want to work out the connection between emotions and eating that takes the form of an enhanced appetite for easily available comfort food,” said Jens Blechert, principal investigator of the study.

Stress eating is real

According to the University, the study will focus on the diets of several women, since history suggests that females are affected more by eating disorders. The monitoring will be done with the help of a dietary app and lab experiments to find out whether there is a pertinent connection between eating and emotions.

The university had conducted an online survey prior to this study, which indicated that people who remain happy and cheerful eat their usual amounts of food, as opposed to those who remain sad or angry. This can also be attributed to the body releasing cortisol, which typically prepares the body for a flight response, and thereby suppresses appetite. The initiative has led the team to believe that they could possibly come up with a cure for binge eating if they are successful in monitoring the results.

Binge eating is a real disorder, wherein one feels compelled to eat large amounts of food and has absolutely no restraint or power to stop the same from happening. It also acts as a stress buster for people who have elevated amounts of anxiety and for those who suffer from depression. Unlike bulimia, patients suffering from binge eating disorder do not feel guilty about overeating. People suffering from bulimia would try compensating their binge eating by over-exercising, forcibly vomiting or trying starvation techniques.

Road to recovery

Stress is a big contributor to the state of your mind and it can be caused by a number of factors, namely, professional problems, personal relationship failures, peer pressure and many more. It is important to keep a sane mind, for stress can really work up a person often resulting in one suffering from mental health disorders.

24/7 Mental Health Helpline is one of the premier resource centers designed to help patients recover from mental health illnesses including stress, anxiety and depression. The vast varieties of treatment programs, coupled with great facilities and an able panel of medical experts provide an environment helpful for speedy recovery.

If you or your loved one is suffering from a mental health disorder, contact our 24/7 helpline number 855-653-8178 for further advice. You can also chat online with our experts to resolve your queries.