Anxiety and stress tend to translate into emotional eating, says Amie Valpone, culinary nutritionist and personal chef. Work, family, and money stress, along with lack of sleep don't help the situation either, she adds.
"It can be a dangerous combination for those who have problems controlling what they eat because feelings and food are intimately related," she says. "The key to controlling your emotional eating is to figure out what sparks you to dive into the chocolate chip cookies and potato chips, mindlessly munching without even realizing you're eating until the bag is then empty."
By pinpointing the sources of your anxiety, you can better control your tendency to mindlessly overeat.