Stress Level and Emotional Eating in Obese and Non-Obese Adolescents

Hajar Surya Wardani* -  Sekolah Pascasarjana, Program Studi Ilmu Gizi, Universitas Sebelas Maret, Indonesia
Sapja Sapja Anatayu -  Department Penyuluhan Pembangunan Pemberdayaan Masyarakat Fakultas Pertanian, Universitas Sebelas Maret, Indonesia
Ratih Puspita Febrinasari -  Departemen Farmakologi, Fakultas kedokteran, Universitas Sebelas Maret, Indonesia

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The link between stress factors and emotional eating can contribute to the development of obesity. Boredom, stress, anxiety, and depression can lead to emotional eating, which involves consuming food to cope with negative emotions. Emotional eating often involves the consumption of high-calorie, comfort foods, which can contribute to weight gain. This research aims to analyze the differences in stress levels and emotional eating in obese and non-obese adolescents. This research was conduct in May 2023 using observational case-control study between obese and non-obese adolescent group in the special region of Yogyakarta. 139 respondents who attended this study were selected using multistage random sampling. Stress levels were measured with a questionnaire Perceived Stress Scale-10 (PSS-10) and emotional eating was collected with Emotional Eater Questionnaires (EEQ). The data were collected and then analyzed using Mann Whitney test. Results, respondents mostly had high-stress levels (49,6%) and low emotional eaters (43,9%). There are differences in stress levels (p=0,004) and emotional eating (p=0,000) between obese and non-obese adolescent group. Conclusions, stress levels and emotional eating were different in obese and non-obese adolescents.

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Keywords : Stress, Emotional Eating, Obese, Non-Obese, Adolescents

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