Comfort eating is certainly delicious, but does it really comfort us? In a new paper recently published in Appetite, DiSH lab grad student Laura and Dr. T investigate whether or not comfort eating can actually decrease our perceptions of psychological stress. Specifically, they were curious to find out how comfort eating may function in depressed individuals. Using data from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Growth and Health Study, Laura and Dr. T found that for non-depressed women, comfort eating did in fact buffer the perceived-stress impact of adverse life events, but for depressed women, comfort eating did not reap the same benefits.
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