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From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Ira Dreyfuss with HHS HealthBeat.

Maybe curling up on the couch with a pint of ice cream isn’t the best way to feel better after a bad day. Researchers can cite cases in which women felt worse after unhealthy eating.

At Penn State, Dr. Kristin Heron looked at data on 127 college-age women with unhealthy eating patterns and concerns about their body shape and weight. They carried handheld computers, where they answered questions about their moods and eating patterns.  

Heron didn’t actually count pints of ice cream. But she says the women generally felt worse after unhealthy eating.

“They were feeling more sad, or more worried, or more angry – and it may be some combination of all of these.”

So, she says, eat healthy.  

The study supported by the National Institutes of Health was presented at a meeting of the American Psychosomatic Society.

Learn more at healthfinder.gov.

HHS HealthBeat is a production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I’m Ira Dreyfuss.

Last revised: May 10, 2013