advertisement
09 October 2006

Stress and obesity

If you've picked up weight after a stressful period, it could be because of the stress hormones that are secreted.

0

Due to the secretion of cortisol in long-term stress, fat tends to accumulate around the abdomen and back. The fat is stored in anticipation of the coming famine.

This is due to the stress signal of the basic survival of the human species response. Never mind that your stress is due to a heavy workload and a power-hungry, driven personality.

Your body’s reaction to stress is the same as primitive man’s who was constantly involved in a fight for survival. Fat storage was, and still is, great for survival during famines.

 
NEXT ON HEALTH24X
advertisement

Read Health24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Live healthier

Are you sure? »

Aid your digestion What are digestive disorders?

Are you really constipated?

Many people think that if they do not have two or more bowel movements every single day of their lives they are constipated. This is patently not true, writes DietDoc.

True of False? »

SEE: How anaphylactic shock affects your body

Stop believing these 10 allergy myths

Do you still believe that hay fever is caused by hay? Or that food allergies are really common? No, and no again. We bust 10 myths about allergies.