Emotional and Uncontrolled Eating When Burned Out: What Do You Crave?

A new study of 230 Finnish women explored the relationship between burnout and the tendency to engage in emotional eating (EE) and/or uncontrolled eating (UE) (Nevanpera et al., February 28, 2012, Occupational Burnout, Eating Behavior, and Weight Among Working Women, The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition at http://www.ajcn.org/content/early/2012/02/18/ajcn.111.014191.abstract).

  • Emotional eating is eating when you’re stressed, anxious or depressed rather than hungry.
  • Uncontrolled eating is the feeling that you’re always hungry or that you can’t stop eating until all the food is gone.

This finding mirrors what I found in my research on the causes and maintenance factors of employee burnout during organizational change.  But I’m curious — just what kinds of food are most craved when you’re stressed or burned out?

Let me know what you think by answering this quick poll.  Feel free to share!

Dr. Geri Puleo, SPHR, is the President and CEO of Change Management Solutions, Inc., an eLearning and Coaching company focused on eradicating workplace burnout through the B-DOC Model.  An entrepreneur for over 25 years, keynote speaker, author, blogger, business coach, university professor, and researcher, you can see her “in action” by watching her TEDx Talk on YouTube.  To contact Dr. Puleo, please go to www.gapuleo.com

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