Stress and diet interact to change our brain’s response to the foods we eat
After a long, hard day - taking care of the kids, going to work or school, keeping up the house - would you rather sit down for a snack or to a large, satisfying meal? When we eat, our bodies receive necessary fuel, but food does more than provide nutrients. Food is a natural reward that makes us feel good, and there is a greater variety of foods available now than ever before. However, stress from day-to-day life and internal stressors interact with what we choose to eat. Within this context, we can explore how acute or chronic stress alter food intake behaviours that may contribute to the increasing prevalence of obesity worldwide.