The Daily Mail claims the key to staying healthy while self-isolating is to manage stress and boredom. Feelings of anxiety reportedly lead to more snacking and putting on extra weight.
Nutritionist Tamara Willner says, “Between stress around uncertainty, working from home, and reduced social interaction, emotional eating might be particularly prevalent in the coming weeks. Emotional eating occurs when food is used to soothe or suppress negative emotions such as isolation, anger, boredom, or stress … the most common foods craved are usually ultra-processed, such as biscuits, crisps, chocolate, and ice cream. These foods are scientifically engineered to quickly target the pleasure receptors in our brains.”
Experts recommend keeping a food diary while under quarantine and performing brain-challenging tasks to stay engaged.
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