A Stressed Life May Mean a Wider Waistline

Stressed-Out Mate Bad for Your Weight

health weight stressIf your partner is suffering a lot of stress, it could be bad for your own health — and your weight.

Key takeaways:

  • Your partner’s stress, often caused by financial problems and work difficulties, could be responsible for gradual increases in your waist circumference.
  • Waist circumference indicates excess abdominal fat and high risk for a risk factor for diseases such as diabetes and heart disease.
  • The report recommends that any interventions at stress reduction should be aimed at the couple rather than on the individuals.

“Wives were 1.6 times more likely to have an increase in waist circumference when their husbands reported greater stress and greater negative marriage quality,” Birditt said.

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