The Mood/Food Connection Negative Moods & Unhealthy Eating

Holy Hormones Honey! - Mood and food – throw in hormones and women have quite the mix.  Notice when your eating habits turn negative. For most women it id during the premenstrual phase of their cycle.  Again – negative eating patterns at this time only exacerbate a bad mood caused by lower hormone levels, more fatigue and a compromised immune system. This is the time when women need to be carefully watching they eat – and take care of themselves.

Unhealthy Eating Can Make a Bad Mood Worse

ScienceDaily

Mar. 15, 2013 — Taking part in unhealthy eating behaviors may cause women who are concerned about their diet and self-image to experience a worsening of EATING DISORDERS01their moods, according to Penn State researchers.

In a study, college-age women who were concerned about their eating behaviors reported that moods worsened after bouts of disordered eating, said Kristin Heron, research associate at the Survey Research Center.

“There was little in the way of mood changes right before the unhealthy eating behaviors,” said Heron. “However, negative mood was significantly higher after these behaviors.”

According to Heron, who worked with Joshua Smyth, professor of biobehavioral health, Stacey Scott, research associate in the Center for Healthy Aging, and Martin Sliwinski, professor of human development and family studies, people who experience disordered eating patterns may exhibit behaviors such as binge eating, loss of control over eating and food intake restriction.

The researchers, who present their findings March 15 at the American Psychosomatic Society conference in Miami, detected little change in the participants’ moods prior to unhealthy eating. While negative mood was worse after disordered eating, a positive mood did not change either before or after any of the behaviors studied by the researchers.

The researchers gathered data from participants in real-life situations. The team gave handheld computers to 131 women who had high levels of unhealthy eating habits and concerns about their body shape and weight, but did not have eating disorders. Several times during the day, the devices would prompt the participants to answer questions about their mood and eating behaviors.

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