How common is all this stress eating shown on My 600 Lb Life and WATN?
I've been laid up from surgery the last 10 days or so and recently got TLCgo. Been binge watching My 600 Lb Life and WATN and an extremely common theme running through nearly (if not all) episodes is eating in response to stress or emotion. I've been really stressed. I've been really depressed. The move was really hard. I'm dealing with family problems. And so on.
I tend to lose my appetite in response to stress, so I can't personally relate to this dynamic with food. But I admit that occasionally when I get totally stressed out I'll bum a cigarette from someone and go hide somewhere to secretly smoke it so my wife and colleagues (I'm a doctor) don't find out. I assume the concept is similar - using a "thing" to cope with stress.
I'm wondering how common stress eating is in general. How many people on this forum turn to food when they are stressed, depressed, lonely, anxious or bored? And how big of a problem is it for you?