It has been observed by scientists that people eat more when they are in stress. Eating your favorite food is a great stress buster; but at the same time overeating can cause weight gain and then you will be stressed again because of the weight gain.
It looks like a negative cycle to reduce stress
Scientists are working hard to find a way to help anxious overeaters reduce this habit, or at least make them aware of when it’s happening.
There are many smartphone apps, wearable gadgets and bracelets are available to help people to avoid this situation.
Engineers and designers at Microsoft Research recently invented a stress-busting bra that made with special material that monitors the wearers moods and helps to regulate stress eating.
Mary Czerwinski, a cognitive psychologist and senior researcher in visualization and interaction at Microsoft said, “It’s mostly women who are emotional overeaters, and it turns out that a bra is perfect for measuring EKG (electrocardiogram). We tried to do the same thing for men’s underwear but it was too far away (from the heart).”
By both recording their own moods on a smartphone app and collecting data from the bra-sensors, the scientists could accurately predict changes in physiology that accompanies eating and stress, including whether the subjects were happy or angry.
Czerwinski admitted that currently this bra can work only for four hours as after that its battery needs a recharge.