Skip to comments.Study: Comfort Food Could Worsen Mood
Posted on 03/20/2013 2:25:02 PM PDT by BenLurkin
ATLANTA (CBS Atlanta) Humans are often tempted to consume rich, unhealthy foods when feeling stress, depression or anger, a practice commonly referred to as eating ones feelings.
For many, fattening food options are also easier to obtain, and the consumption of comfort foods such as fast food is common practice in the United States according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, 11.3 percent of the average American diet consisted of fast food between 2007 and 2010.
CDC researchers additionally observed, As lifestyles become more hectic, fast-food consumption has become a growing part of the American diet.
But while buying less healthy foods might save time, and consuming them may feel good in the moment, new research suggests that the practice could be emotionally detrimental in the long run.
The study, conducted at Pennsylvania State University, reportedly found that eating poorly not only worsens moods, it also doesnt do much to alter moods positively before or during meals.
There was little in the way of mood changes right before the unhealthy eating behaviors, said Kristin Heron, Ph.D., research associate at the Survey Research Center at PSU was quoted as saying by PsychCentral. However, negative mood was significantly higher after these behaviors.
The negative emotions experienced after treats are said to be primarily connected to concerns regarding body image and maintaining a proper diet.
Researchers reportedly collected data for the study by asking 131 women with unhealthy eating habits and self-image concerns but who did not exhibit signs of an eating disorder to travel with handheld computers that prompted the participants several times daily to answer questions about dietary choices and mood at a given time.
Study co-author Joshua Smyth, professor of biobehavioral health, was quoted as saying by PyschCentral, This study is unique because it evaluates moods and eating behaviors as they occur in peoples daily lives, which can provide a more accurate picture of the relationship between emotions and eating.
A CDC study?
Then I reject it out of hand.
I am heading into the kitchen for a pot pie and some mac and cheese.
Who cares anymore?
Government, stay out of my damned kitchen!
comfort foods such as fast food ?????? They got it wrong from the start.
good all day! sick all night.
There is nothing in the entire Universe that can make me feel better than Mac and Cheese.
Another reason to defund the CDC (along with 2/3 of the alphabet soup — OMG, alphabet soup isn’t good for you EITHER!!)
I feel better just looking at the picture.
This Saturday when I get home... — ask for a triple-triple (they key it up as a 3X)!
I am starving right now and have to wait for a team dinner.
i hate you! :)
Many will pooh pooh this, but God did not intend us to have steady diets of unnatural chemicals. It is always wise to keep things closer to His intended creative ways.