Emotional eating is eating more than you need in response to a negative mood. Despite evidence that emotional eating is quite common and contributes to obesity there has not been much research into this issue. Latino adolescents are more likely to be overweight than Caucasian ones and researchers from the University of Southern California surveyed 666 students from predominantly Latino schools in Los Angeles to investigate this issue. They found that boys and girls were as likely to engage in emotional overeating as each other. However girls overate in response to stress, worries and tension/anxiety while boys overate in response to 'confused mood.'
Nguyen-Rodriguez, Selena T., Unger, Jennifer B. and Spruijt-Metz, Donna - Psychological determinants of emotional eating in adolescence Eating Disorders May-June 2009, 17(3), 211-224