I try very hard not to talk politics with patients. What party/candidates I vote for and what political positions I favor have pretty much zero to do with what my patients engage me for: helping them with weight control and/or helping them with internal medicine related issues. I completely respect everyone’s political stance, and although I may not agree with them, the ability to vote fairly in an election process is a great “right” that our country provides us with. Concerning my own political opinions, I do not care what movie/television stars pontificate about…I pay money for satellite TV and at the movies to be entertained by these people, not be “told” how and whom to vote for.
Now, to the subject at hand: Do election results affect weight control? Well, my answer is that any major event that produces “angst” or “happiness” will tend to activate the human nature side of us to reach for immediate gratification. The people upset with the election results may want to drink wine/alcohol to calm down their nerves and eat the classic stress-eating foods such as chocolates, chips etc. The people that are elated with the results will want to “party” and that usually means alcohol, pizzas, snack foods and the usual array of derailing food/drink choices.
So, I do believe that elections ultimately result in another weight gain “boost”, and it happens to fall smack in the middle of the Halloween-Thanksgiving-Holiday season.
Try hard not to allow either elation events or angst events to affect your weight control because ultimately, the weight gain will only result in angst and no elation.