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 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. 0 More: Daily Dose: This is why your vanilla or cinnamon flavoured e-cigarette is toxicHealth-in-Motion advertisement Other news Medical Stimulating one brain area may ease tough-to-treat depression Medical Nearly 1 in 12 US kids has a food allergy Medical Can hearing loss influence your balance? News Could certain personal hygiene products and cosmetics cause early puberty in girls? Medical Obese people with heart failure may live longer than those who are thinner Medical Constipation on the keto diet? Here's what you should do From our sponsors Dementia and Incontinence: what you need to know Tell-tale signs you need a mattress upgrade Keen to win a R2 000 voucher? Good health begins in your gastrointestinal tract Live healthier Smoking dangers » Hubbly hooking lots of young adults on tobacco Hookah smokers are inhaling benzene Many young adults misinformed about hookahs Hookah pipes far from harmless, study warns In addition to toxic substances from tobacco and nicotine, hookah smoke exposes users to charcoal combustion products, including large amounts of carbon monoxide. Managing incontinence » 5 avoidable triggers that can make urinary incontinence worse Urinary incontinence is a manageable condition – here are a few common triggers of urinary leakage.