Home > Newsletters > Daily: Love or hate Earth Hour? > Daily Dose: Eating snot is good for your child > Health-in-Motion 24 July 2017 Individuals who go through long periods of stress are also at a greater risk of obesity By measuring the concentrations of cortisol, a hormone involved in regulating the way the body responds to stress, scientists in the US have demonstrated that individuals who go through long periods of stress are also at a greater risk of obesity. They found that people who experienced elevated levels of cortisol over extended periods, as indicated by hair samples representing about two months of growth, tended to be more persistently overweight, with a larger waist circumference and a higher body mass index. 0 NEXT ON HEALTH24X The drive for Africa’s elephants, a furry psychologist, and dustbin jewellery 4 minutes ago Partner content More: Daily Dose: Eating snot is good for your childHealth-in-Motion advertisement Other news Medical 7 habits to protect you against the flu Medical HIV patient finally gets life-saving ARVs Lifestyle Ritual murders, rape and domestic violence rampant in this community Medical SEE: Eating snot is good for your child Sex Date nights lead to more sex and better communication Medical Blood tests may spot early signs of cancer From our sponsors Johannesburg conference to tackle digital transformation in healthcare WIN a R2000 voucher. Great skin is just a click away! How erectile dysfunction can affect relationships Coital incontinence: the ‘oops’ women are too afraid to talk about Live healthier Myths busted! » Breastfeeding may reduce pain from C-section Breastfeeding and work - how to make it work 9 breastfeeding myths busted Breastfeeding will help me lose my baby weight, right? Wrong! We bust nine myths about breastfeeding. Eat right. » How watching porn can cause erectile dysfunction 7 scientific ways to cure erectile dysfunction 7 foods that could relieve erectile dysfunction If you experience erectile dysfunction from time to time, you may be able to manage the problem without any medical help.