Our increased appetite for TV and trans fats isn’t the only reason
we’ve gained weight, according to a study in the International Journal of Obesity.
Here, Dr Wayne May gives other
reasons our waistlines are expanding. Who knew?
1. Chronic stress
Stress can lead to
relatively higher cortisol levels, which make you more prone to central weight
gain – i.e. around the abdomen – with a resultant higher risk for blood
pressure, diabetes and cholesterol problems.
Some meds can cause weight
gain by either increasing appetite (usual mechanism) or slowing metabolism
(unusual). Culprits include anti-depressants, antihistamines,
diabetic meds, mood stabilisers and steroids.
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Bisphenol-A (BPA) falls into
a group of substances called endocrine-disrupting chemicals – found in our
environment, food and consumer products – that interfere with metabolism.
Studies have shown acute treatments with BPA cause high insulin levels, whereas
longer-term exposure causes insulin resistance with chronically increased
insulin levels. BPAs seem to increase fat-cell formation, but the extent to
which they contribute to obesity is still unclear.
4. Older moms
Women who conceive later in
life are more prone to gestational diabetes, and children born to these
mothers will be more prone to obesity and diabetes (mere exposure to high
glucose levels in pregnancy equals higher risk).
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just love food too much
It’s been shown that women
who use the injection are more prone to weight gain. But no hard evidence
supports the standard combo Pill resulting in similar gains.
This article was originally published on www.womenshealthsa.co.za
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