After my breakup, I'm gaining weight

Oct 15, 2012, 06:05 IST | Dear Diana

Dear Diana, I'm a 28-year-old girl who recently went through a miserable breakup. We were together for five years.

Anyways, the reason I’m writing to you is to know whether breakup leads to gaining of weight. This might sound bizarre but I’ve gained seven kilos in the past two weeks. What must be the reason then? I consulted my physician but she puts the entire blame on stress! What do you think must be the reason behind my sudden surge in girth?
— Leena

Illustration/ Satish Acharya

Dear Leena,
You belong to that group of people who tend to binge after a stressful happening in life. This is what is called comfort food. Considering that you have gained seven kilos in the past few weeks, it is clear that you have been eating to relieve yourself of the pain after your break up. Some turn to meditation to relieve stress, but many use food as an outlet for negative emotions, which can cause a lot of health problems. You have to stop emotional eating especially after a breakup. It may be the hardest time of your life. But you need to overcome it as it will lead to severe health complications in the future.

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