Sunday, December 17, 2006

Blame your weight gain on Holiday Stress

There was a national stress survey done in October by the American Psychological Association that found that people turning to food to help them feel better increases to 1 in 3 during the during the holidays. 41% of women and 25% of men admit to increased eating during the holidays.

Is it really stress related? Sure, there is stress. Trying to get your kids the "it" present that year, trying to get your husband something that he won't know what it is already, trying to buy for the gazillion and one nieces and nephews...not to mention arguing over which family you're going to spend Xmas with. Oh yes, there is tons of stress during the holidays.

But as for that being the reason people overeat during the holidays? Ummm....I'm not buying it.

Why do people overeat during the holidays? Well jeeze...from mid November until January 2, everywhere you go, there's food.

You have Thanksgiving, which is basically a day to see how much food you can cram in your mouth before you pass out watching football. Then almost every weekend in between Thanksgiving and Christmas you have holiday parties. Parties at work, parties with friends, school parties, etc. Then if you work in most offices, vendors send you presents and most of it is candy or cookies, tack on another 5 pounds there.

Most families wind up going to a Christmas Eve party, then having Christmas Day at someone's house. Think about all the food and sweets that are consumed then. Then it's left-over time. And to finish it all off, you have New Year's Eve parties full of food and booze (yes, Booze packs on pounds too), and then the New Year's Day dinner.

Most people say they gain about 10 pounds between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day. Are you really surprised?

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