These days, it seems that everyone is stressed. We all have too much to do and too little time to do it. Times are tough, money is tight, and deadlines are imminent.
What happens when you’re stressed? You tend to eat more, sleep less, skip the gym and feel rundown. No wonder so many of us are gaining weight.
Additionally, stress is linked to a number of illnesses, such as heart disease, high blood pressure and an increased risk for cancer. A study in the July 2009 issue of the American Journal of Epidemiology studied stress-relatedwork demands, difficulty paying bills, strained family relationships, and depression or anxiety disorders in a nationally representative group of 1,355 men and women for more than nine years.
The overall result?
Men tend to gain weight when unable to make decisions at work, learn new skills or perform interesting job duties. More types of stress affected women’s waistlines, according to the study. In addition to weight gain associated with financial problems or a difficult job, women also gained weight when dealing with strained family relationships and feeling limited by life’s circumstances.
Overall, this study found that people who reported increased stress gained more weight if they already had higher body mass indexes. In other words, if you’re overweight already, you’re even more likely to gain weight when under stress.
Continue reading to learn how stress can affect your weight and how you can kick undue stress to the curb!
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