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Sleep well to avoid eating junk food due to work pressure

A good night`s sleep can make workers replenished and feel vigorous again

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NEW YORK — Pressure at your work can lead to overeating and intake of junk food at dinnertime, but there could be a buffer to this harmful pattern.

But a new research has suggested that a good night`s sleep can serve as a protecting factor between work pressure and unhealthy eating in the evening.

Study co-author Chu-Hsiang Chang, Associate Professor of Psychology at Michigan State University in the US said : “We found that employees who have a stressful workday tend to bring their negative feelings from the workplace to the dinner table, as manifested in eating more than usual and opting for more junk food instead of healthy food.”

The research, published online in the Journal of Applied Psychology, involved two studies of 235 workers in China.

One study dealt with information technology employees who regularly experienced high workload and felt there was never enough time in the workday.

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The second study involved call-centre workers who often got stressed from having to deal with rude and demanding customers.

In both cases, workday stress was linked to employees` negative mood while on the job, which in turn was linked to unhealthy eating in the evening, study co-author Yihao Liu, Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois, said.

The study proposed two potential explanations, Liu said.

“First, eating is sometimes used as an activity to relieve and regulate one`s negative mood, because individuals instinctively avoid aversive feelings and approach desire feelings,” he said.

“Second, unhealthy eating can also be a consequence of diminished self-control. When feeling stressed out by work, individuals usually experience inadequacy in exerting effective control over their cognitions and behaviours to be aligned with personal goals and social norms,” Liu added.

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The finding that sleep protects against unhealthy eating following workday stress shows how the health behaviours are related, Chang pointed out.

“A good night`s sleep can make workers replenished and feel vigorous again, which may make them better able to deal with stress at work the next day and less vulnerable to unhealthy eating,” she said.

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Red meat, white bread and sugar-laden drinks might increase risk of colon cancer

Raghu Kshitiz

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Heavy diet like red meats, refined grains, white bread and sugar-laden drinks might increase long-term risk of colon cancer, a new study suggests.

These foods all increase inflammation in our body, and the inflammation they cause is associated with a higher chance of developing colon cancer, according to pooled data from two major health studies appeared in JAMA Oncology journal.

According to researchers, a diet high in foods with the potential to cause inflammation, including meats, refined grains and high-calorie beverages, was associated with increased risk of developing colorectal cancer for men and women.

Basically, what makes for a healthy diet overall also appears to promote a cancer-free colon, said senior researcher Dr. Edward Giovannucci. He is a professor of nutrition and epidemiology at Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health in Boston.

“It’s consistent with what we already recommend for a healthy diet in general,” Giovannucci said, adding “I see that as good news. We’re supporting the current evidence, and not telling people to do something completely different from what they’ve been told.”

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For the study, conducted by Fred K Tabung from the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health in Boston, the team analysed 1,21,050 male and female health care professionals, who were followed for 26 years in long-term studies. The researchers completed the food questionnaires about what they ate, on the basis of which data analysis was done last year.

The scores were based on 18 food groups characterised for their inflammatory potential and were then calculated from the questionnaires given to participants every four years.

The results indicated that higher scores reflecting inflammation-causing diets were associated with a higher risk of developing colorectal cancer in men and women.

Previous studies have linked diet factors with colon cancer, but there’s been no clear explanation why that might be, he added.

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