Stress is often linked with affecting many internal and external aspects of our lives. We often associate the phrase ‘one thing led to another’ with stress as this is often the case. It can lead to us leading unhealthy lifestyles, and unhealthy eating is at the core of this. Whether we eat too much or too little, it is still defined as unhealthy. The definition of health is ‘A state of complete physical, social and mental well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.’ In order to maintain a complete state of health we need to focus on our nutrition or what we put in to our mouths on a daily basis. Whether we chose to pour our stress levels in to eating too much, or too little- both can lead to worryingly dangerous
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Stress and eating are often also associated through role models. As a media orientated society we are constantly presented in life with celebrities who are too skinny and do not eat enough, and this puts pressure on normal people to feel the need to look the same. Celebrities often claim that it is in fact the pressure from the media and the public to be skinny, which puts them under a great deal of stress, causing them to eating less, putting an unhealthy strain on their bodies and promoting a bad image to young children and adults around the world.
Whilst people often associate nutrition with just eating, it is easy to forget that what we drink is just as important. Many people are guilty of drinking far too much coffee, hoping it will keep them awake and alert when in fact it can lead to poor concentration and decreased effectiveness, sleep disturbances, and increased levels of cortisol in the blood (Scott, 2007). Just a 1% to 3% decrease in the body’s water level can lead to us feeling agitated and irritable (Olphin/Hesson, 2007). There is also currently a huge market for energy drinks such as red bull, relentless and 5 hour energy shots. While these do tend to work for a short period of time, they often lead to a major comedown or lack of energy afterwards, counter-acting all the hard work and energy that you may initially have had. It is also crucial that we drink plenty of