Addicted to food? Work stress may be at fault
Office serfs, watch out. Work stress is bad - for your waistline.
It can cause food addiction, science has suggested.
The Employment and Social Development Canada reported in 2011 that 37 per cent of Canadian adults were overweight and 25 per cent were rated obese - an increase from earlier studies. Lifestyle choices, like food and exercise, are major contributors.
WebMD reported that addiction to food can affect the brain, just like powerful drugs.
The high sugar, salt and fat content in some food triggers the brain chemical dopamine, which improves our mood.
The body is eventually conditioned to wanting food whenever you need a little boost. And the consequences of taking in more calories than you burn is obvious: More body fat and weight gain.
The Food Addicts Anonymous website reported that food addicts will experience uncontrollable cravings for food, even when not hungry.
Food addiction doesn't just affect physical health. Think heart disease, respiratory problems, and diabetes. It can also damage emotional health (poor self-image, low self-esteem, depression).
According to the National Standard on Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace, employers can improve employees’ quality of life at work.
Among the coping mechanisms suggested: Have competent managers, maintain a manageable workload, positive workplace culture and support for employees can up employee productivity, engagement and health.
Sources: The Global and Mail, Mental Health Commission of Canada, Food Addicts Anonymous, WebMD