Studies have linked cortisol, a hormone released during times of stress, to cravings for sugar and fat.
Scientists believe the hormone binds to receptors in the brain that control food intake. And if you already have a high body mass index, you may be even more susceptible.
The key is to know your triggers, and be ready when deadlines loom (or whenever stress is likely). That means, stock up on healthy snacks if you tend to hit the vending machine at work, or make sure you don’t unhealthy treats on hand for those times when an attack of emotional eating is likely.