Stress may cause weight gain
Studies have shown that people who are often under a lot of stress gain weight.
Poor and wrong eating habits, lack of exercise and unhealthy lifestyle are important factors that contribute to weight (in such cases, fat) gain.
Human body produces a hormone called cortisol during stress. This leads to muscle tissue breakdown, and unwanted fat and fluid accumulation in the body.
Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute found that parents of cancer patients gained more weight, almost four pounds in three months, than the parents of normal, healthy children. The study reported in the International Journal of Obesity also showed that those who were showing a lot of anxiety gained maximum amount of weight.
_ C. Lakshmi Kumar