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Feeding Feelings: Survey Reveals Americans Are Turning to Junk Food When Stressed
Date:6/3/2009

Fitness and Diet Expert Bob Greene's Solution to Cope - Eat Healthy, Crunchy Foods and Exercise More

CHICAGO, June 3 /PRNewswire/ -- As financial insecurity mounts and stress levels rise, Americans are paying more attention to their bottom lines than their waistlines. In fact, a recent survey commissioned by Wasa Crispbread found that nearly 50 million people(1) - nearly a quarter (22 percent) of Americans, 18 years and older - admit they've been eating less healthy than normal during the last six months due to the economy. And 64 percent of Americans who eat while stressed typically reach for junk foods - likely the saltiest, sweetest or highest-calorie options.

According to the Wasa survey, Americans know they should be eating healthier - 79 percent even said they would prefer food with health benefits over an indulgence like ice cream if they were stranded on a desert island. But despite knowing what they should eat, evidence shows that Americans are losing the battle of mind over munchies. Fitness and diet expert Bob Greene believes there are simple steps people can take to break the emotional eating cycle.

"The Wasa survey showed that when it comes to eating, most people (64 percent) feel that being mentally satisfied is just as important as being physically satisfied. But when people get depressed, sad or frustrated, they tend to crave and choose foods they think will provide emotional comfort but merely set themselves up for guilt and added pounds later on," said Greene. "To feel better in the long run, both mentally and physically, people should instead adopt a healthy lifestyle and incorporate a variety of nutritious foods and plenty of exercise."

To get back on track, Greene recommends:

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