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17 July 2017

Long periods of stress can lead to 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.

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