Too Much Anxiety During Tests? You Can Blame Junk Food

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Assessment time is here for most of the universities and colleges. Every pupil deals with anxiety during examination time. The preparation and the developing competition one must undergo raises the level of stress. But do you know the food you eat also affects the level of stress one has to undergo?
According to a current study, a diet that consists of more fast foods and less fruits and veggies can cause stress during examinations. The research clarified the connection between stress and the food one consumes during the test period.

The study was presented at the Yearly European Congress on Obesity (ECO) in Glasgow, UK. “Stress has long been implicated in a bad diet. People today are inclined to report overeating and comfort eating foods high in sugar, fat, and carbs in times of stress,” said Nathalie Michels in Ghent University in Belgium.

232 answers from students aged 19-22 years have been observed. The participants were asked to fill a questionnaire including the dietary plan patterns of the students and other psychosocial variables. The candidates were asked about the amount of stress they faced before and after the month of the examination.

“Our findings suggest that pupils have problems eating healthily and find themselves adopting bad eating habits, which more than a few weeks may substantially influence your overall health and be difficult to change,” she added.

The researchers detected the connection between test stress and the food consumed by the pupil. Effect of different parameters on the diet through examinations was also observed. These parameters included eating behaviour, food selection motive, taste preference, impulsivity, coping strategies, sedentary behavior, and social support.

The study concluded that students who consumed snacks really often experienced higher levels of stress. Additionally, it highlighted that there are various different factors that allows the pupils to make unhealthy decisions like some of them are emotional eaters while some are sweet lovers.

“To battle against stress-induced ingestion, prevention strategies should integrate psychological and lifestyle aspects including anxiety management (eg, emotion regulation instruction, mindfulness, yoga), nutritional education with strategies for self-effectiveness, consciousness of eating without hunger, and developing an environment that stimulates a healthy diet and physical activity,” Michels reasoned.


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