Stress and eating behaviour: implications for obesity

Obes Facts. 2012;5(2):277-87. doi: 10.1159/000338340. Epub 2012 Apr 21.


Background: This report outlines our strategy to examine the influence of workplace stress on eating behaviour, discussing the current literature which explores the relationship between stress and eating behaviour. This research aims to add to and develop the current understanding of the links between stress and eating behaviour. Specifically the aims are to examine the effect of workplace stress in both day workers and shift workers and their subsequent eating behaviour.

Methods: The effect of healthy working environment initiatives on stress and eating behaviour will also be examined by comparing a workplace with such an initiative to one with no such initiative. The role of personality on both eating behaviour and stress susceptibility will be examined. In order to achieve this, 450 individuals from 3 public sector workplaces will be recruited. Anthropometric measurements (waist-hip ratio, BMI, visceral fat percentage) will be assessed, as well as personality, eating behaviour profiles, food intake (7-day weighed intake food diary) and both individual daily stressors as well as workplace stress assessed using the demand/control model of job strain will be assessed.

Conclusions: Implications for policy and future research are also discussed.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Eating / psychology*
  • Employment*
  • Feeding Behavior / psychology*
  • Humans
  • Obesity / etiology
  • Obesity / psychology*
  • Stress, Psychological / complications*
  • Workplace