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Beat Stress, Weigh Less

The Connection Between Stress and Weight Gain

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  • Everybody experiences stress, and certainly it can be a CONTRIBUTOR to weight gain (or weight loss, but stress should not be made into an excuse. I maintain my weight under extremely stressful times, and I know many other people who do too. - 3/25/2016 9:24:47 AM
  • ETHELMERZ
    Stress is a killer, you can try hard to learn to live with it, but as long as you are alive, you will never "beat" it.........no matter what "experts" say or write.......it is what it is. - 3/25/2016 8:20:21 AM
  • Weight gain is not the only problem caused by stress. I know people who were normal weight but had other problems such as high blood pressure and/or high cholesterol. Although they had been on medication for years, within 6 months of retiring, they were off their medication. They had indicated they hadn't really changed their diet or exercise pattern, but they were enjoying life a whole lot more because they could now spend more time with their family (especially the grandchildren). - 3/25/2016 8:15:39 AM
  • Stress for musicians during the holidays is normal. We go from rehearsal to rehearsal, performance to performance, Christmas Eve and sometimes Christmas Day services. That doesn't include our usual holiday activities as well as our abnormal normal lives. After New Year's we usually collapse. - 12/8/2015 10:52:39 AM
  • GRAYGRANNY rolf. The only way you escape stress is die. Who wants that??? raises hand pleaaaase?? I have to learn to rest on my faith more!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! - 9/12/2015 5:46:19 PM
  • The evolutionary reference is completely unnecessary in explaining how our bodies react to stress--so let that little reference slide. Fact is our hormones go crazy when we're stressed. We gain weight because we take in more than we burn, and vice versa. Have you ever seen a fat hostage? They have got to be under more stress than any of us have ever experienced. Bottom line: find ways to deal with stress other than eating more calories. 8-) - 9/12/2015 1:19:21 PM
  • This describes a connection between stress and eating more and/or exercising less, not necessarily linking stress directly to weight gain. Tell me what causes pounds to pile on when I'm not changing my eating or exercise habits. - 8/22/2015 8:51:41 PM
  • I don't believe in the theory of evolution so you lost me early on in the article. - 3/26/2015 2:20:54 PM
  • EX-SKINNY60
    Went to the doctor for my high cholesterol check up yesterday, and found out that I have gained 17 pounds!!! STRESS over the last two months did it. Our daughter's wedding, our son's wedding had a "runaway bride" (so sad), I caught the flu strain that was NOT in the shot this year, my husband retired, my last child at home needs to finish high school. SO what is the solution to all this stress...going BACK on the wagon, logging in to my Spark People again, and exercising, exercising, exercising. - 3/25/2015 9:51:25 AM
  • Gender bias?? Please; the abstract reported the outcomes of the study BASED ON THE DATA. So if the data doesn't support your narrative, the data should be altered?
    That's just nuts. - 3/12/2015 9:41:42 AM
  • ETHELMERZ
    Tired of tips to relieve stress, reading about how to do something really doesn't change anything, counseling, etc., in the end, you still feel it, and these kinds of articles here and in magazines, etc., really don't do a danged thing, in fact, they stress you out more. - 11/28/2014 11:26:30 AM
  • I find this article to be burdened with cultural gender biases. Heads up, women feel stress at work, just like men. Our stress is not based only on family responsibilities. In fact, some men feel stress associated with family issues as well. Please take your science and review it for the corrupt of preconceived gender roles and expectations. - 9/11/2014 3:20:59 PM
  • EX-SKINNY60
    DITTO, GRAYGRANNY! and if stress KILLS then I'm a marked woman there, too! - 7/14/2014 9:26:36 AM
  • There is a large area of stress that wasn't acknowledged in the quiz, for those of us who are caretakers either of an elderly parent or a disabled child or in my case both. Neither of these can be eliminated so although my quiz resulted in at moderate risk for stress, my actual stress level is much higher. - 7/14/2014 8:15:25 AM
  • Good suggestions. - 7/14/2014 5:23:05 AM

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