You have a report due at work, you’re uninspired to finish it and a workmate just called you out for taking too long of a lunch. Suddenly you find yourself hitting the vending machine and mindlessly munching on barbecue potato chips and a candy bar. If you’re suffering from job burn out, this scenario may sound familiar.
Women who are burned out in their jobs will often eat emotionally when they get stressed, says a Finnish study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. And chances are, they’re not even hungry, but will continue to eat until all of the food is gone.
Of the 230 employed women surveyed, who were 30- to 55-years-old, 22 percent who said they had job burn out were also the biggest emotional or uncontrollable eaters. As a whole, however, they were not considered overweight. The researchers believe that their higher education level was the reason for that, as higher education is typically associated with healthier weight. However, they also cautioned that this type of eating could lead to obesity in the future.
The key to turning around the behavior, the researchers suggested, was addressing the job burnout and/or stress. Once that’s under control, the excessive eating would ease, too.
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