Stop stress from driving food habits
Boston Globe - 03/20/2015
Many turn to food for comfort. Eating can have an “anesthesia effect,” dulling us to the pain of whatever we’re going through, said Emily Fox-Kales, a clinical psychologist specializing in eating disorders.
The physical act of chewing can also help discharge the anger or anxiety that builds up in the jaw or neck. “People tell me they’re talking to their mother-in-law, and they’re really furious, and they grab a bag of peanuts and just chomp away,” said Fox-Kales, who is also in the department of psychology at Northeastern University.
The pleasure of eating fat, salt, and sugar can — in the short term — eases the negative sensations of stress, she said.