Before 24 September, 2017 Isabel Vallejo
According to a study published in the Journal of Applied Psychology, experiences that affect your psyche at work can lead to unhealthy eating habits.
According to the study, workplace stress can lead to excessive eating and to making choices that are harmful to your health.
“We have found that employees who have a stressful workday tend to bring their negative feelings from the workplace to the dinner table,” states Chu-Hsiang “Daisy” Chang, associate professor of psychology and study co-author of Eating your feelings? at Michigan State University. Another key finding, however, showed how sleep may be the solution.
According to the study’s scientists, getting a good night’s sleep can serve as a protecting factor between job stress and unhealthy eating in the evening.
The research involved two studies of 235 total workers in China. One study dealt with information-technology employees who regularly experienced a heavy workload and felt there was never enough time to do it. The second study, the University of Michigan describes in a report, involved call-center workers who often got stressed from having to deal with rude and demanding customers. In both cases, the results found that workplace stress was related to employees’ negative moods and their unhealthy eating in the evening.