The Impact of Emotional Eating During Difficult Times

Much has been written about the impact of COVID-19 on our physical and mental healthAnd interestingly, the latest research from the COVID symptom study app, found that lockdown has negatively influenced our eating habits. According to the study, almost a third (29%) of us have gained weight since March. Namely, because more of us are living sedentary lifestyles, drinking more alcohol and indulging in a less healthy diet. It’s no coincidence that the UK government unveiled a new obesity strategy in the middle of lockdown this year, stating that 63% of UK adults are overweight or obese. The nation is being asked to get fit, healthy and to help protect itself and the NHS by losing weight.

If any of this resonates, read on.

Why Do People Overeat?

There are multiple reasons why people overeat. One Harvard University study suggests it can be stress-relatedSo, suppose you’re feeling anxious or stressed either before or since lockdown for personal and/or professional reasons. In that case, you could be self-soothing yourself with food. Perhaps, you’ve experienced a colossal life-change and are seeking comfort in food? For example, you’ve been furloughed from your job, taken a pay cut, asked to take on extra work or are required to work from home in unsuitable conditions and these changes have exacerbated or prompted your negative eating patterns.

Problems Caused by Overeating

Excess weight puts you at a higher risk of coronavirus, with almost 8% of critically ill COVID-19 cases being morbidly obese, compared with 2.9% of the general populationAlso, overeating can be hard on your mental health, leading to a loss of self-esteem, feelings of guilt, and a sense of being ‘out of control’. Perhaps, you spend lots of time thinking about food and are experiencing physical symptoms such as tiredness, digestion problems and dizziness. Longer-term problems include high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes, strokes, cancers, high cholesterol and heart disease.

Overcoming Problem Eating

If you have a problematic relationship with food, it’s important to remember it’s possible to overcome this. One way is to seek outside support to help you gain knowledge, new ideas and practical strategies to employ in your everyday work and leisure time. With help, you can address your underlying issues at the root of your complicated relationship with food. It’s possible to change your negative eating patterns with the right help and support.

Benefits of Regaining Control

By regaining control, you can feel more positive, motivated, healthier, and enjoy more energy as you tackle those long working hours. With a better grasp of your relationship with food, it’s possible to respond differently to the challenges we face. If you want to change the way food has a destructive hold over your life, we’ll support you in a jargon and judgement-free way as you go about making positive changes and regaining control. For more information and a free consultation, we would love to hear from you.

This blog was produced in collaboration with Court of Protection Solicitors: Thaliwal & Veja, and written by the team at SEO Agency Birmingham: Marketing Voice.