Stress-induced eating and the relaxation response as a potential antidote: a review and hypothesis

Masih, Tasmiah, Dimmock, James A., Epel, Elissa S., and Guelfi, Kym J. (2017) Stress-induced eating and the relaxation response as a potential antidote: a review and hypothesis. Appetite, 118. pp. 136-143.

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There is an accumulating body of evidence to indicate that stress leads to the consumption of unhealthy, energy-dense, palatable food, potentially contributing to the alarming global prevalence of chronic diseases, including obesity. However, comparatively little research has been devoted to addressing how best to remedy this growing problem. We provide an overview of the influence of stress on dietary intake, and then explore the novel, yet simple, possibility that regular elicitation of the relaxation response may effectively reduce stress-induced eating via both physiological neuroendocrine and reward pathways and psychological pathways involving emotion regulation, and habitual coping. If shown to be effective, the regular practice of relaxation may provide a convenient, cost efficient, patient-centered therapeutic practice to assist in the prevention of unhealthy weight gain and other negative consequences of unhealthy food intake.

Item ID: 61551
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1095-8304
Keywords: appetite, eating, relaxation, stress
Copyright Information: © 2017 Elsevier Ltd
Date Deposited: 26 Feb 2020 03:50
FoR Codes: 52 PSYCHOLOGY > 5203 Clinical and health psychology > 520304 Health psychology @ 50%
32 BIOMEDICAL AND CLINICAL SCIENCES > 3210 Nutrition and dietetics > 321099 Nutrition and dietetics not elsewhere classified @ 50%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920205 Health Education and Promotion @ 100%
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