Possible weight gain for women stressed at work

HRM 16 Mar 2012

Women who are feeling burned out at work are likely to reach for comfort food such as that pint of chocolate ice cream or a bag of chips, according to a Finnish study reported in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

The study revealed that these women who are stressed out at work tended to resort to ‘emotional’ eating – referring to eating when upset or anxious, instead of when hungry. They are also prone to ‘uncontrolled’ eating, which is the feeling like they cannot be satiated no matter how much food they consume.

“Those experiencing burnout may be more vulnerable to emotional eating and uncontrolled eating and have a hindered ability to make changes in their eating behaviour,” wrote Nina Nevanpera of the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, who led the study.

The findings are based on 230 women, aged 30 to 55, who were all employed at the start of the trial.

Overall, 22% of the women had some degree of work burnout. As a group, they scored higher on measures of emotional eating and uncontrolled eating.



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