Created By: Raso on April 24, 2012 Last Edited By: reub2000 on April 30, 2012
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Post Stress Overeating

After a fight or other stressful event the character goes on a binge eating

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After a fight with a spouse or other emotional squabble, people do different things some drink. Others eat, usually while lamenting about who or what is bothering them.

Compare Heartbreak and Ice Cream, Comfort Food and the alcoholic equivalent Drowning My Sorrows, many of these characters experience Weight Woe due to this.


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Anime & Manga
  • Hidamari Sketch after having a minor squabble with Sae. Hiro goes on a binge eating tons of food from cake and donuts to curry always with a "><" on her face and constantly saying things "Stupid Sae".... Les Yay? of course not
  • Puella Magi Madoka Magica Kyouko goes off on a binge after she lost an argument with Sayaka.
  • Usagi tends to do this in the anime of Sailor Moon usually after fights with Mamoru. Not so much in the manga.
  • Fresh Precure: After realizing that Miki already has a boyfriend and his hundredth defeat in attempting to ask her out, Yuuki goes on a binge of donuts while crying. As he puts it to the clerk "If it's gonna be like that, I'll just stuff my face. Old man, give'em to me nonstop!".

Live-Action TV
  • Leo Knox from The Finder is this. Before the series he had gained wait after the death of his wife and daughter, but had lost a lot of weight with the help of Walter, but he reaches for junk food when dealing with emotions. This is especially evident in "The Conversation" where the gang is helping a family that reminds Leo of his own family. Leo at first denies that what he is eating is connected to his emotions.
    Sometimes a ding dong is just a ding dong.
  • In the show Pushing Daisies, Olive "stress-binged" on the pies that Ned "stress-baked".

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Real Life
  • A lot of people suffer from this as an outlet for emotional distress, the equivalent for other people that is smoking and or drinking.
    • In clinical terms, frequent use of this behavior as a coping mechanism can be called Binge Eating Disorder or Bulimia Nervosa. Frequent overeating can also satisfy the self-destructive criteria for Borderline Personality Disorder.
Community Feedback Replies: 26
  • April 24, 2012
    Raso
    The name is my only idea, but it is probably too close to Emotion Eater which is about literal eating of emotions.
  • April 24, 2012
    ScanVisor
    • Not really binge, but in Tri Gun, Vash goes out for some dougnuts after the Reverand dies.
  • April 24, 2012
    StevenT
    Comfort Eating

  • April 24, 2012
    TheNinth
    Might be too close to Heartbreak And Ice Cream and Comfort Food.
  • April 24, 2012
    reub2000
    Live Action TV
    • Leo Knox from The Finder is this. Before the series he had lost a lot of weight, but he reaches for junk food when dealing with emotions. This is especially evident in "The Conversation" where the gang is helping a family that reminds Leo of his own family. Leo at first denies that what he is eating is connected to his emotions.
      Sometimes a ding dong is just a ding dong.

  • April 24, 2012
    ScanVisor
    Idea: How about we take any new examples compiled after the official YKTTW limit (three days) and then just dump them in the already existing appropriate trope?
  • April 24, 2012
    reub2000
    Do you know that there is an appropriate trope? This sounds distinct from the tropes suggested by TheNinth.
  • April 24, 2012
    MarqFJA
    Yeah, Heartbreak And Ice Cream is about a specific situation and a specific food, while Comfort Food is about a particular kind of food that a character eats to relieve stress/comfort themselves. This trope, however, is about a character venting their anger, sadness or other such negative emotion via eating any kind of food, usually in large quantities, and in a rather wild/emotional manner, sometimes coming across as a Big Eater.
  • April 24, 2012
    Dacilriel
    Stress Eating?

    Usagi tends to do this in the anime of Sailor Moon. Not so much in the manga.
  • April 24, 2012
    Obasheeba
    In the show Pushing Daisies, Olive "stress-binged" on the pies that Ned "stress-baked".
  • April 24, 2012
    Mauri
    Real life: A lot of people suffer from this as an outlet for emotional distress, the equivalent for other people that is smoking and or drinking.
  • April 25, 2012
    HeartOfAnAstronaut
    It sounds like this is Comfort Food. That trope is named after the food and this one is named after the eater. That, or some of the Comfort Food examples would fit better under this trope, such as the Doctor Who and Constantine examples.
  • April 25, 2012
    MarqFJA
    ^ Comfort Food is explicitly defined as "a familiar food that a person eats because doing so relieves stress and anxiety and increases contentment and comfort (hence the name). It sparks happy memories, brings back feelings of security and safety, and thus can easily lift a person's mood", so it isn't what Emotional Eater is about. Emotional Eater would most probably be a Super Trope or Sister Trope to Comfort Food and Heartbreak And Ice Cream.
  • April 27, 2012
    LordLaharlsVassal
    bump
  • April 27, 2012
    DracMonster
  • April 27, 2012
    reub2000
    ^No to the snowlclone. Emotional Eater is a preexistence term, and I don't see any issues with it.
  • April 27, 2012
    DracMonster
    Its very close to Emotion Eater. Enough to look like an innappropriate snowclone.
  • April 28, 2012
    reub2000
    Look at a google search for Emotion Eater: https://www.google.com/search?sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8&q=emotion+eater

    The first hit is This Very Wiki. The rest are about eating food. Outside of this wiki, Emotional Eater is a better know phrase. In other words Emotion Eater is the actual snowclone in this case.
  • April 28, 2012
    ShanghaiSlave
    I was gonna suggest a name change to something like Eating His Sadness Away, but that still implies an Emotion Eater. either way, I think Emotional Eater doesn't work even if only because it's easy to confuse with Emotion Eater. also, it implies an eater who is emotional to those who've never heard of it.

    so, I suggest Post Stress Overeating.
  • April 29, 2012
    reub2000
    Post Stress Overating sounds too clinical.
  • April 29, 2012
    reub2000
    Okay 2-1 against the current tittle. Any one else have any thoughts?

    Also, where is Raso?
  • April 30, 2012
    LordLaharlsVassal
  • April 30, 2012
    MarqFJA
    ^^ Raso is absent due to extenuating circumstances.
  • April 30, 2012
    ShanghaiSlave
    @reub2000 It fits though and is impossible to confuse with anything else unless you really are nitpicking. plus, there are other clinical sounding tropes out there.
  • April 30, 2012
    reub2000
    Anyone else for Post Stress Overeating? If anyone else likes the name, then I'll launch the article with that name.
  • April 30, 2012
    peccantis
    ^ me likey.
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