Worry less! Stress ruins your health, can cause obesity

23 February 2017, 07:00 PM
An obese man eating junk food - Representative image (Getty images)
An obese man eating junk food - Representative image (Getty images)

The easiest way to destroy your health is stress. Stress is capable of affecting one’s thoughts, behaviour feelings and even one’s body.A study published in the Journal reveals that people suffering from long-term stress may be highly prone to putting up those extra kilos. These results are based upon examination of hair samples for levels of cortisol, a hormone which is capable of regulating the body’s response to stress.

The study showed that exposure to higher levels of cortisol over several months is associated with people being more persistently, overweight. Chronic stress takes place when a person goes through a lot of mental pressure over long periods, usually in circumstances where the person has little or no control over the situation. 

Experts have linked chronic stress with emotional overeating and thus, obesity. It has been witnessed that people under stress tend to overeat and usually enjoy foods that are high in fat, sugar and calories. When in stressful situation, the adrenal glands release a hormone called cortisol which increases your appetite and ramps up the motivation to eat. This stress hormone also plays an important role in regulating your metabolism and determining where fat is stored.

First Published: Thursday, February 23, 2017 06:42 PM
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