Two thirds of people in the UK are overweight. Obesity is linked to an increased risk of heart disease, arthritis, diabetes and certain cancers. Periods of stress can encourage us to make poor decisions with regard to food and lifestyle. Emotional eating/drinking is a maladaptive response to difficult negative emotions. Many people classically eat or drink more when they feel stressed.
Several studies have shown that the more stressed we are the more likely we are to be overweight.
Low levels of stress are associated with having a healthy BMI. In many overweight people comfort food activates the brains reward system, while brain scans show that leaner individuals don’t have the same response. The brains reward system is also activated when overweight individuals are exposed to stress, which encourages them to search out high carbohydrate foods. In leaner individuals this reward system is often not activated.
We recognise how stressful and demanding the modern world is, and we have developed a programme with a leading Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) practitioner to help you understand when you are reacting to stress in such an unhealthy way, whilst helping you develop strategies to manage your stress response.
For more information about our stress management programme, send us an email using this link and we will contact you.