Most people have heard of the concept of "emotional eating", which is the pattern of eating food when we are under stress, depressed, or feeling anxious. Some people find eating certain foods comforting during these times, despite the negative health effects they can create. New research covered in the Los Angeles Times is attempting to explain this process in more detail, since scientists are struggling to understand the biological basis for the cravings. For people with Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), emotional eating can pose a significant problems. In some respect, eating can be seen as a coping strategy that unfortunately is not very helpful. Working to find a more active response to life stress can be a solution that is not only healthier mentally, but also physically.