Experts say that getting a divorce is the second most stressful event a person can go through, after a spouse's death. The stress can lead people to lose weight in what is known as a "divorce diet." Everyone who faces a divorce should try to take some of the stress out of the process. One way to do that is to have a full understanding of one's legal rights to help them make well-informed legal decisions.
Stress can affect a person's body in several ways. Many times people crave comfort foods that are fatty or sugary, but often the opposite occurs. Stress saps a person's appetite and leaves the person feeling exhausted and fatigued. A doctor with an eating disorder program says that many people who are going through a divorce tell him that they just sometimes forget to eat.
He says that it's important to understand that after a trauma like divorce there is a physical reaction to the stress. People often skip meals or have difficulty sleeping. This is because events like this greatly affect the limbic system, or the seat of emotions within the brain.
Many people may view the weight loss associated with the divorce diet as a positive, but a recent article states that it is often a symptom of an emotional problem that may require counseling or other support.
It's important for everyone going through a divorce to take care of themselves the best that they can. This includes protecting themselves legally in a divorce dispute by having a full understanding of their legal rights.
Source: Palm Beach Daily News, "'Divorce diet:' A dangerous was to get thin," Carolyn Susman, Nov. 6, 2012