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Stress, food options, mood swings lead to overeating

A new study has found that stress, long hours of starvation, mood swings and different types of foods available in the market contribute to overeating.

Dietitian Akshita Aggarwal said that generally when people feel emotional, stressed, are under any trauma or have any discomfort they resort to overeating.

She added that long gap between two meals also lead people to overeat sometimes. "Some people eat more to feel better and overcome trauma," Aggarwal added.

Divya Choudhary, chief dietitian, Max Hospital, Shalimar Bagh, also echoed similar feelings saying that apart from overeating, stress can also cause under-eating. She added that under eating can cause hair fall, calcium deficiency, less immunity, lack of glow on the face and anemia.

Pawan Sethi, nutritionist at Dr. Rachna's Diet in Mansarovar Garden, however, remarked that number of people who eat when stressed is lower.

Sethi said that these days people earn well and have more affordable food options to select from. People now are also more outgoing and they now end up eating more junk which leads to them being overweight.

Experts added that skipping or having a late breakfast also lead to overweight.