According to a study featured in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, women that reported feeling burnt-out as a result of their career were more likely to develop an ‘emotional’ eating habit.
Nina Nevanpera from the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health and leader of the study said: ‘Those experiencing burnout may be more vulnerable to emotional eating and uncontrolled eating and have a hindered ability to make changes in their eating behaviour.’
The findings in question are based upon a study of 230 women between the ages of 30 and 55, all of whom took part in a clinical trial investigating healthy lifestyle changes.
All of the women who took part were in employment, and at the beginning of the study were asked to complete surveys on job burnout and eating habits.
According to the results of the survey, 22% of the women were struggling with some degree of work related burnout, and as a group these women scored higher on a measure of uncontrolled/emotional eating.
The study researchers have recommended that the burnout be treated first by addressing the source of the stress – as often stress triggers make it difficult to lose weight.
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