Many turn to food during stressful times

Jan 26, 2011

Nuts can be good for people

The winter holiday season can bring fun and joy, as well as stress. Proper emotional management during winter festivities is important.

Unfortunately, many people end up turning to food to deal with the pressures of the season. The unhealthy practice can lead to consequences, such as higher life insurance premiums, if it becomes a long-term habit.

According to a poll conducted by Harris Interactive for the American Psychological Association, 40 percent of adults say they have eaten excessively due to stress.

It appears children respond to stress the same way as their parents. The poll reveals that nearly 30 percent of kids overeat in response to being overwhelmed as well.

There are other, more effective ways to deal with stress. Many health experts recommend exercising to feel better. Not only does the action release endorphins, but can help lead to weight loss.

Cardiovascular exercises in particular can be good for the heart. Engaging in regular physical activity and eating a good diet can help a person feel better not just during the stressful holiday season, but year-round. 

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