Stressed Parents Rely on Junk Food for Kids

May 2, 2019 | By Chris Barncard, UW News

Myoungock (Mio) Jang
Myoungock Jang

Stressed-out people make bad food decisions, eating higher-calorie foods and eating more often. Stressed-out parents may be making those unhealthy choices for the children who depend on their judgment, new research finds.

“Stress makes us choose more energy-dense foods, more comfort food,” says University of Wisconsin–Madison nursing professor Myoungock Jang. “When young kids are exposed to this kind of food environment, that influences the eating patterns they are learning.”

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