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Individual stress (such as food and non-food related) is regulated by exposure to the environment (1,9). These environments mostly depend on professional and personal settings as well as relationships among members. Those determine an individual’s conform zone or levels. Thus, it may regulate quality and quantity, especially diversity of food intake (2,3,4). As a result, food intake patterns may be regulated in the short-mid and long term which may affect individuals’ as well as groups’ health and nutritional status (5).

Let’s think differently about opportunities for regulations of fluctuations in stress-mediated food intake in our existing environments:

We usually observe or feel distinct levels of stress in the exposed environments we spend our time in. Here are some examples of where you may feel the differences (1).

  1. Stress levels in personal settings such as stress in one or more family member(s).
  2. Stress levels in professional settings such as stress in one or more colleague(s).
  3. Stress levels in transport among one or multiple passenger(s).
  4. Stress levels in the playing zone among one or more player(s).
  5. Stress levels in diverse cultural or religious settings among one or many follower(s).
  6. Stress levels in economic crisis such as unemployed or underemployed.
  7. Stress levels in natural or man-made disasters such as earthquakes, floods, war, pollution, etc.

Intentional and unintentional regulation of food, health, care, and other factors related to stress may reduce or increase the total stress levels of an individual, which may induce or inhibit food intake patterns and quantity by regulating moods (1, 6,7,8).

Let’s create or support the development of stress-free or less stressed environments for food and nonfood-mediated promotion and protection of the quality as well as standard of living.


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  1. Stress and Health | The Nutrition Source | Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
  2. Why stress causes people to overeat – Harvard Health
  3. Stress and Eating Behaviors – PMC (
  4. Nutrition and Stress: A Two-way Street – American Society for Nutrition
  5. Stress, dietary restraint and food intake – PubMed (
  6. Effects of Chronic Social Stress on Obesity – PMC (
  7. Microsoft Word – Shina’s PhD Thesis Corrections.docx (
  8. Linking What We Eat to Our Mood: A Review of Diet, Dietary Antioxidants, and Depression – PMC (
  9. The Stress-Diet Connection – Tufts Health & Nutrition Letter
  10. What is Stress? – The American Institute of Stress

If you are interested to learn more, please visit the following links:

Is It Possible To Diversify And Balance Personal And Groups’ Diet By Balancing Personal And Professional Relationships? | Learn Nutrition Online (

Nurturing Frequent Stress About Healthy And Unhealthy Food Choices And Consumption. | Learn Nutrition Online (

Increase Diversified Food And Nutrient Intakes By Following Simple Steps | Learn Nutrition Online (

Possibility Of Developing Stress Mediated Malnutrition And Diseases By Improper Limiting Or Restricting Or Avoiding Preferred Or Specific Foods. | Learn Nutrition Online (

Enjoy Work With Family Members: Let’s Promote Healthy Environment For Healthy Eating | Learn Nutrition Online (

Sharing Meals: May Be A Practical Option To Maintain Individual Weight | Learn Nutrition Online (

On-demand Or Forced Feeding? | Learn Nutrition Online (

Failed To Have A Balanced Diet Regularly? Let’s Make Some Significant Changes. | Learn Nutrition Online (

Holding Phone For Long Time? Hold It Less To Achieve And Maintain Good Nutritional Status. | Learn Nutrition Online (

Work More Eat More: Let’s Make A Significant Change | Learn Nutrition Online (

Did You Count The Number Of Drugs Or Medicines Having Daily? Let’s Reduce Or Remove The Unnecessary One For Promoting Nutritional Status | Learn Nutrition Online (

Sugary Foods Or Added Sugars: Bad Or Good? A Big Question. | Learn Nutrition Online (

Have Enough Food And Optimum Health But Care Is Limited Or Missing: Difficult To Address Malnutrition | Learn Nutrition Online (

Regular Foods, Occasional Foods, Junk Foods, Instant Foods, Problematic Foods, Etc.: Confused About What To Eat? | Learn Nutrition Online (

Social Media Like Facebook, YouTube, Etc. Videos Leading Or Misleading Food Choices Of Present And Future Generations | Learn Nutrition Online (

Key definitions:

Stress: “The term “stress”, as it is currently used was coined by Hans Selye in 1936, who defined it as “the non-specific response of the body to any demand for change”.” (10)


By Md. Khurshidul Zahid, Ph.D.

Md. Khurshidul Zahid Ph.D. is an Associate Professor at the Institute of Nutrition and Food Science (INFS) of The University of Dhaka (DU) of Bangladesh. He has completed his Ph.D. in Nutritional Sciences from the Department of Nutritional Sciences at Texas Tech University (TTU), USA. He was a finalist in the Emerging Leaders in Nutrition Science Competition organized by the American Society of Nutrition (ASN), Experimental Biology (EB) meeting held in Boston in 2015. He was also awarded a gold medal by “Professor Dr. Quazi Salamatullah trust foundation” of INFS, DU in 2005.

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