The similarities between overeating and over spending continue to pile up. One of the leading causes of both is stress. Many times the stress from living with debt can directly cause overeating. The key to eliminating anything is finding the source
Stress eating or emotional eating can be the glue that holds you together in times of crisis. Some studies think that we find comfort in fatty and sugary foods because they remind of us better times in our life. Smell is the closest sense tied to memory but taste is a close second. Eating these foods gives a feeling that life has been good and that it can be again.
Who hasn’t heard of retail therapy? Buying shiny new things relieves stress in the short term but it’s only a temporary fix. If you are already struggling with debt and financial management, you will only make the problem worse in the long term.
Stress eating and spending can both become self-perpetuating machines. Money is the number two cause of stress in the United States right behind job pressure. Spending to relieve financial stress leads to more financial stress then more stress spending and so on until you are in debt up to your ears. The same can be said of overeating. People overeat for a number of reasons including poor body image. The calorie intake can snowball into massive weight gain, in turn leading to more stress.
Finding a healthy alternative to these destructive stress relieving devices can drastically improve your quality of living. Talk to close friends and family about what is causing the stress. Many people find solace in exercise and that will help counteract the influx of calories from stress eating.
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Martin Sher is CEO of AmSher Collection Agency and a recent past president of ACA International, the Association of Credit and Collection Professionals. Martin is the author of the 54 word Collector Pledge, committing credit and collection professionals around the world to the ethical and respectful treatment of all consumers. Martin’s personal mission is to get 5 million people out of debt-for good, and for FREE.