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 News Sitting too much? You are at risk of death from 14 diseases Mental health This is what scientists say makes something truly addictive Medical 8 incontinence myths busted News Smoking dagga once a week? It could lead to this health issue Medical Is there such a thing as a hypoallergenic pet? News 'Those who die of HIV, it's by choice,' tweets Limpopo Health dept 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.