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Study Reveals The Connection Between Emotional Eating, Anxiety, And Overweight

We often see most rich people wear simple clothes, and people who are not very rich tend to dress more exotically. Something that happens in their diet also as per the study, people with lower incomes are more likely to be obese due to psychological distress which often makes then binge-eat, says a recent study whereas average rich people think more of staying healthy than pausing their starvation.

Throughout the study, the researchers tried to examine whether the relationship between lower socioeconomic status (SES) and obesity can be explained by psychological distress and subsequent emotional eating. The findings revealed that people do resort to emotional eating as a coping strategy if they are in some sort of psychological distress. The findings were published in the Journal of Obesity.

[Also read, 5 Basic Lifestyle Changes To Improve Your Mood And Mental Health]

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For the study, the researcher examined 150 participants from North West England from a range of socioeconomic backgrounds completed questionnaires measuring psychological distress, emotional eating, and resilience. As part of the study, the participants reported their income and education level as an indicator of socioeconomic status and their height and weight in order to calculate body mass index (BMI).

The findings revealed that lower SES was associated with higher psychological distress, and higher distress was associated with higher emotional eating, which led to morbid fat accumulation. It must be noted that psychological distress alone did not facilitate a relationship between lower SES and BMI.

“The reason for socioeconomic disparities in obesity levels is often attributed to the greater availability of low-cost, calorie-dense foods in more deprived areas relative to more affluent neighborhoods. However, there is limited evidence for an association between local food environments and obesity, indicating psychological and emotional factors may also play a role,” said Charlotte Hardman, lead researcher of the research.

“Simple is sustainable”, a simple diet plans long life. Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live in. In fact, a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, try to get your routine into simple and healthy diets.

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The research also said that higher SES was also associated with emotional eating. However, this pathway was not in response to significant psychological distress. Researchers suggest that these findings indicate an important role for psychological and emotional factors in eating behavior and body weight regulation, particularly for those of lower SES.

Life can’t be the same of rich and poor, as they have to go through different life issues and also they have varying comfort in their life. I, the author of the story, read a wisdom story named “Parables Of Success: Appearance” by Shon Mehta. The moral of the story was “When Poor, Overdress. When Rich, Underdress.

“By choosing healthy food over junk-food you are choosing self-love over self-judgment.”, Stay healthy, Stay happy!

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