Pixels, posts and portions: The influence of stress, pressure and social media on our eating behaviour

25. April 2024 – Mandy Weinand

In a world where digital technology is everywhere, we are constantly bombarded with news, images and social media posts. But what actually sticks in our heads? How does digital media influence our eating behaviour and what price do we pay for it?

The benefits of digitalisation are undeniable. We are always up to date and can react to global events in real time. But the constant stream of information also has its downsides. Stress and social media pressure influence our eating behaviour and therefore our health. What exactly happens when our digital lifestyle throws us off balance? We explore this in this article.

Stress and food: The unwanted connection

In our hectic society, stress is omnipresent. Job, family, finances – the pressure is growing and many of us seek solace in food. So-called stress eating or emotional eating becomes a constant companion. In stressful moments, we reach for high-calorie snacks or comfort food, often without really being hungry. This may bring short-term relief, but in the long term it leads to weight gain and unhealthy eating behaviour.

Social media and the pursuit of perfection

Social media conveys an image of perfection that we find difficult to live up to. Platforms such as Instagram and Pinterest show endless galleries of flawlessly staged meals and well-toned bodies. The pressure to live up to these ideals can lead to unhealthy eating habits. Some people jump on the diet bandwagon or skip meals to achieve the perfect look.

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Strategies for healthier eating behaviour

What can we do to escape these negative influences? Here are some practical tips that can help us develop a healthier relationship with food and social media:

  1. Mindful eating: Leave your mobile phone away when you eat. Instead, focus on the flavour, texture and experience of the food. This helps you to appreciate your meals more and pay attention to the feeling of fullness.
  2. Shared meals: Eat together with family or friends. This creates a positive atmosphere and takes the focus off the screen and onto human interaction.
  3. Reduce screen time: Limit the time you spend on social media and take regular digital breaks. A “digital detox” can work wonders.
  4. Home-cooked food: Cook your own food. Not only does it promote healthier eating, but it also provides a creative break from the digital hustle and bustle.
  5. Exercise and activity: Exercise is an excellent way to relieve stress and reduce digital pressure.
  6. Personal hobbies: Find hobbies outside of the digital world. Whether it’s gardening, art or music, these activities promote a healthy work-life balance.
  7. Quality social media: Follow accounts that spread positive messages. Choose content that inspires rather than pressurises.
  8. Professional support: If stress or unhealthy eating behaviour becomes a problem, don’t hesitate to seek professional help. Nutritionists or therapists can offer personalised solutions.

Social media is a double-edged sword. It can inspire us, but it can also stress us out. The modern world presents us with many challenges, but it also offers opportunities to improve our eating behaviour. If we are aware of the influences of stress, pressure and social media and focus on mindful eating and positive content, we can find a healthy balance. This ultimately leaves more room to enjoy life to the full.

Speakers and experts on the topic of pixels, posts and portions

Ronia Schiftan – nutrition and media psychologist, expert on the connections between health, society, digitalisation and psychology

Holger Stromberg – chef, nutrition expert & nutritionist – nutrition of the future, brain food instead of brain fog

Steffi Burkhart – Expert New Work, Gen Y, Z & Alpha – Young people as drivers of cultural change in society and the world of work. Healthy and ready to perform without stress and pressure. How does Gen Z deal with this?

Daniela Landherr – Expert for Leadership & Talent Management – How psychological security strengthens employees mentally.

Daniela Landgraf – Expert for self-esteem, mental strength & motivation – Get off the hamster wheel of emotions. How to develop inner strength and learn to deal with stressful situations differently.

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