At times of stress, it is often the case that a person will divert the emotional pressures of their stressful situation to things that will provide them with comfort. Increased food consumption, smoking, increased sexual activity may all be a means of escape. It is due to this that people who are stressed will eat more in order to make themselves feel better often resulting in weight gain.
Conversely, an individual may feels they are losing control of a stressful life event, relationship or job and subsequently they may seek control in another aspect of their life. More often than not a person’s eating habits are often used in order to generate a sense of control. If stress is left unmanaged, there could be a risk of suffering from mental disorders such as anorexia, bulimia, depression or anxiety.