Home > Newsletters > Daily: Love or hate Earth Hour? > Daily Dose: This is why your vanilla or cinnamon flavoured e-cigarette is toxic > 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 More: Daily Dose: This is why your vanilla or cinnamon flavoured e-cigarette is toxicHealth-in-Motion advertisement Other news News Making the most of that fast food meal Medical Why am I getting hot flushes? Mental health Here’s why dagga can be dangerous if you have a mental disorder Medical Cancer survivor receives new tongue made from her leg – and the first thing she eats is KFC Medical Sub-Saharan Africa makes most progress against HIV – UNAIDS Diet and nutrition The kind of scary things that can happen to your body when you eat gluten From our sponsors Tell-tale signs you need a mattress upgrade Keen to win a R2 000 voucher? Good health begins in your gastrointestinal tract ACC 200 works fast to break down mucus Live healthier Contraceptives and you » Scientists create new contraceptive from seaweed Poor long-term birth control training leads to 'accidents' 7 birth control myths you should stop believing Will the Pill make you gain weight? Can you fall pregnant while breastfeeding? We bust seven common myths about birth control. Your digestive health » Causes of digestive disorders 9 habits that could hurt your digestive system Your tummy rumblings might help diagnose bowel disorder With the assistance of an 'acoustic belt', doctors can now determine the cause of your tummy troubles.