Stress sends your body into a tizzy. Your muscles tense. Your breathing and heart rate increase. Your stomach explodes with butterflies or nausea. Your nervous system pumps out the stress hormone cortisol, producing the high-alert “fight or flight” response – and often prompts you to reach for a snack, any snack, to deal with the turmoil. Reaching for food to cope with stress is known as stress snacking or stress eating.
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