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LJ Idol Break week, Challenge #3 – Kummerspeck

Oh, I am familiar with Kummerspeck, especially in these last years when both of my parents have been ill and my stress levels have been through the roof. There really isn’t an English word or phrase that is comparable, so I have always just used the German (my family is of German descent on one side and I took 8 semesters of the language) It mashes the two words Kummer ‎(“grief, sorrow”) +‎ Speck ‎(“layer of fat”). The closest phrase we have in English would probably be emotional eating or stress eating.

Late night Ben & Jerry’s ice cream after a breakup? Hot cocoa with too many cookies when you are blue. Grilled cheese and tomato soup when you are down? Lots of heavy comfort food after your mother dies? And sometimes just an extra helping of French fries, donuts or other junk food when you are stressed out. That’s Kummerspeck. Here, have another cookie.

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