Stress Makes Women Eat More
If you’re feeling stressed, be careful what you eat: Stressful events can slow the body’s metabolism and potentially lead to weight gain, a study suggests. Researchers questioned 58 women about their stress levels during the previous day, then gave them a high-calorie, high-fat breakfast roughly equivalent to a fast food burger with cheese and fries. Women who reported stressors such as arguments with coworkers or spouses, trouble with their children, or work-related pressure within the previous 24 hours burned 104 fewer calories following the meal than did the non-stressed women. The difference could translate to nearly 11 pounds in a year’s time.
Source: Biological Psychiatry, published online July 14, 2014