Do you know stress and obesity are closely relates ! Wonder How ? In this article we will discuss about Can Stress Make You Obese ?
The prevalence of overweight and obesity markedly increased during the past few decades.
And stress is one of them factor responsible for this.
In the Unites States, approx two thirds of the population are overweight and nearly one third are obese.
Do you know, World health organization (WHO), in 2014 termed Obesity as Globesity.
Because Obesity is a Global issue now.
Short term stress or Acute Stress can cause a person to lose their appetite.
But Chronic Stress have the exact opposite effects.
But How ? Let’s find out how –
Stress in the short term causes the brain to produce an appetite suppressing hormone, corticotrophin-releasing hormone.
And with Adrenal glands temporarily suppresses any urge to eat.
Whereas, Chronic stress causes the release of cortisol hormone.
This hormone increases a person’s appetite.
And if the stress does not pass, cortisol and appetite level remains increased.
According to some researchers, when we are stressed, we usually make wrong choices by eating more fatty or junk food.
Which ultimately leads to weight gain and obesity.
A 2015 study conducted by researchers at Ohio State University, found that stress was linked to a slower metabolism in women.
Higher level of stress are linked to a greater level of Abdominal fat, which can be particularly tough to shed.
So even if you’re not eating more than usual, experiencing high levels of stress may cause you weight gain.
Stress Induced Eating Habits –
High stress level may also cause changes in your behavior that contributes to weight gain.
Most common out them are –
Consuming High Fat, High Sugar Foods –
People experiencing chronic stress tends to crave more fatty, salty and sugary food.
These includes sweets, processed food, wine etc.
But these foods are typically less healthy.
Eating Emotionally –
Increased level of cortisol can not only make you crave unhealthy food, but excess nervous energy can often cause you to eat more.
Eating More Junk Food –
When you’re stressed out, you’re more likely to choose junk food over healthy.
Forgetting Water !
It’s easy to confuse thirst for hunger and you might eat more when you’re not drinking enough.
Skipping Breakfasts –
For an stressed person, it’s very common.
When you are juggling a dozen things at once, eating a healthy meal often drops down in priority.
Trying fad diets –
weight gain leads some people to intentionally eat less food than they need, or try dangerous fad diet in order to lose excess weight.
Diets that aren’t balanced with fruits and veggies, protein and carbohydrates can often be bad for your health in long run, even if they look attractive in short term.
Less/Disturbed Sleep –
Many people reports trouble sleeping while they are stressed.
And research has linked sleep deprivation to a slower metabolism. Feeling over tired can also reduce willpower and leads to unhealthy eating habits.
Neuropeptide Y –
More recent studies also suggests that our body may process food differently when we’re under stress.
Neuropeptide Y is released from nerve cells when we are stressed and it encourages fat accumulation.
A diet high in fat and sugar appears to further promote the release of Neuropeptide Y.
So next time before eating fat rich food remind yourself about Neuropeptide Y.
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