When the world is turned upside down (2015)
by Leon Lester
This artwork is designed to show the link between stress and unhealthy eating habits. Stress is the biggest killers of our times in the developed world. A big side-effect of stress is food cravings and mood eating. It is not uncommon to turn to comfort food when feeling stressed. Fast food, junk food, sweets are all common comfort foods that many of us turn to in times of stress. We sometimes may turn to comfort foods that we associate with pleasant feelings and overeat these foods when we are stressed, depressed or tired. Urges for quick sugar energy, alcohol or foods or drinks containing caffeine or carbohydrates are common when we are tired and want to feel energized. Stress-induced food cravings can lead to over indulgences and eating junk food outside normal mealtimes. This can throw the body’s internal food clock out of balance and lead to changes in metabolism and weight gain.