A Stressed Life May Mean a Wider Waistline

A Stressed Life May Mean a Wider Waistline

A stress-filled day may increase the risk of becoming obese or overweight. Research has found a link between excess weight and the high levels of cortisol, the stress hormone.

Key takeaways:

– Cortisol is the major stress hormone in the body and is often triggered in response to danger.

– Chronically high levels of cortisol have been linked to problems such as weight gain, depression, anxiety and other problems.

– No cause-and-effect link was identified since they could not tell if high cortisol levels triggered stress eating leading to obesity.

From the study, the researchers couldn’t tell whether higher cortisol levels triggered stress eating, leading to obesity, but nutrition and weight experts know that many who are stressed do overeat.

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