The hunger in the head
The increased desire for sweets is no coincidence: US researchers have recently found out that when nervous strain increasingly the stress hormone CRH (Corticotropin Releasing Hormone) is released. This boosts the craving for sugar by three times. Gummy bears, marshmallows and especially chocolates seem to be the best remedy, promising a welcome distraction from the learning stress.
Especially the comfort donor number one ensures that in the brain the messenger serotonin is released, which creates a good mood. Conclusion: Through the chocolate-brown glasses, the strains of learning suddenly seem only half as bad. But the thing has a catch: The positive effect of the treat lasts only briefly. Sweetness causes the blood sugar level to skyrocket, temporarily increasing the power curve. After that, however, the value drops as quickly again - and you reach for the next bar.
Not infrequently becomes from the small consolation a real nutritional problem: Because the delights are stubbornly on the hips and are difficult to get rid of. In addition, they can cause tooth decay, diabetes or cardiovascular disease - a high price for the little distraction in between.
Learning to handle tension
Many students observe that in exam times they eat more and, above all, unhealthier than usual. For example, Sandra L .: "I always take two to three kilos while learning, because then I only eat noodles and sweets - the kilos have to follow down again. "
As there is often no time for exercise during hectic periods, many are tormented by one of the countless diets. The problem: Without changing anything fundamental, they gain weight in the next phase of stress. Because stress-eating is the result of a hormonal chain reaction, which is triggered by mental tension.
In other words, food is just a symptom, the actual cause is in the head. "For this reason, it is not enough to diet afterwards, " explains psychologist Frank Meiners of the DAK. "Although you can achieve short-term success, but at the next exam, you are facing the same problem again." So what do you do to avoid becoming a stress eater? First of all, a more intensive self-observation is necessary. Anyone who realizes that he increasingly resorts to sweets in hectic times should urgently take countermeasures. The DAK expert advises above all to an improved stress management: "Who learns to handle tensions better, does not even get into the eating trap."