What Kind Of Stress Eater Are You?

The Huffington Post:

What are your eating habits in the face of stress? Do you eat more under duress, or are you the sort of person who loses your appetite?

A new study shows that stress eaters tend to eat more when stressed, but actually eat less after a positive experience, while “skippers” — those who don’t eat during stressful moments — tend to consume more after a positive experience.

“These findings challenge the simplistic view that stress eaters need to regulate their eating behavior to prevent weight gain,” study researcher Gudrun Sproesser, of the University of Konstanz in Germany, said in a statement. “Both skippers and munchers have their ‘soft spot’ for food, they just show different compensatory eating patterns in response to positive and negative situations.”

For the study, published in the journal Psychological Science, researchers subjected study participants to either a positive or negative feedback experience. To induce this experience, they had participants video chat with a stranger partner before meeting him or her in person.

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