COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - The holiday season is here and between the stress of planning a safe gathering to worrying about the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s no wonder health experts are concerned about American’s overeating.
According to the latest data from the CDC, 42% of Americans are considered obese and American Psychological Association says, 33% of adults who report overeating because of stress say they do so because it’s a distraction and then becomes a habit.
Experts say emotionally eating lots of food with little nutrition can weaken our immune systems and worsen our moods at a time when protecting our bodies and staying positive is particularly important.
Marilyn Meade Penrod, RN, behavioral health coordinator with Palmetto Health-USC Weight Management Center said “foods that are usually high in fat and sugar are known to have a calming affect on the brain and the nervous system by stimulating serotonin and dopamine, the feel-good chemicals in the brain.”
Penrod also had these quick tips to share on the Prisma Health blog for anyone who’s struggling.
- Acknowledge your stress
- Manage your thoughts
- Learn to breathe
- Connect with others
You can find more details on the Prisma Health website.