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Stress

21 September 2010

Stress – can it make you fat?

The link between stress and weight gain is receiving a great deal of media attention these days and you might be wondering whether all this hype is actually based on fact.

The link between stress and weight gain has received a great deal of media attention and you might be wondering whether all this hype is actually based on fact.

Does stress...

  • actually reduce our willpower?
  • increase our appetite?
  • increase our risk of suffering from serious health problems i.e. cardiovascular disease, diabetes etc?

  • regulates carbohydrate, fat and protein metabolism
  • affects muscle tone and microcirculation
  • raises blood pressure
  • increases gastric secretion
  • alters connective tissue response to injury
  • impairs cartilage repair
  • increases inflammation
  • shrinks lymphatic tissue
  • increases allergic and immunological responses
  • stimulates the central nervous system
  • increases appetite and fat deposits, especially in the cervical area, trunk and abdomen
  • increases the risk for developing diabetes

 

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