Does comfort eating make bad moods worse?

18 March 2013

Comfort eating is a habit of many Brits but a new study suggests it actually makes a bad mood worse.

Researchers at Penn State claim that women who are concerned about their diet and self-image experience worsening moods if they take part in unhealthy eating behaviours.

The discovery was made when college age women who were surveyed and reported that their moods were worse after eating unhealthily.

Kristin Heron, research associate at the Survey Research Center, said: "There was little in the way of mood changes right before the unhealthy eating behaviors. However, negative mood was significantly higher after these behaviors."

What's more, those who have disordered eating habits are more likely to binge eat, lose control over eating or restrict their food intake.

The findings indicate that not only is healthy eating vital to stop the pounds piling on, but it plays an important role in mental health.

For those suffering from negative body image, exercise can also help to create positive thoughts and aid weight loss, preventing the need for gastric band surgery further down the line in some cases.

Posted by Jeanette Royston

Health News is provided by Adfero in collaboration with Spire Healthcare. Please note that all copy above is ©Adfero Ltd. and does not reflect views or opinions of Spire Healthcare unless explicitly stated. Additional comments on the page from individual Spire consultants do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of other consultants or Spire Healthcare.

Find a treatment, test or scan available at:


Find a consultant

Use one or more of the options below to search for a consultant and link through to view their Spire profile.


Let us help you

fill out this form and we will get back to you:

Please select a hospital

We can call you

Please enter your details below and we will call you back.

What is the aim of your enquiry?

Please select a hospital

If we are unable to reach you by phone, please include your email address so that we can get in touch...


Weight loss surgery

© Spire Healthcare Group plc (2016)