Stress and Obesity


Pollution, heavy sun rays, Ultraviolet rays, radiations exposures such as from mobile towers, Stress, low physical activity and high energy intake affect our body.


Out of these, stress ,low physical activity and high energy intake can lead to diseases which can be called as life style diseases, as the name suggests. We do not have control over the nature, but good news is that 80% of these effects can be arrested by a proper and correct life routine. This way life style diseases can be controlled and can be prevented too.

Obesity due to stress
Obesity due to stress

The life style diseases are cardio- vascular diseases i.e. heart, respiratory or lung diseases,cancer, obesity which can increase the risk of Type 2 diabetes mellitus, hypertension means high blood pressure, and many more.

The following play an important role in obesity;

  1. Cortisol
  2. Serotonin
  3. Neuropeptide Y

1. Chronic stress can cause the body to release excess cortisol, It is the vital stress hormone, it is important for metabolism, which is a hormone, critical in managing fat storage and energy use in the human body. Cortisol is known to increase appetite and may encourage cravings for sugary or fatty foods. When we tend to eat snacks during tea time or sweets after our meal, actually we are not hungry. Even habits like eating late night and immediately go to bed increases the risk of fat deposits.

2. Serotonin is the body’s feel-good chemical. It makes you feel [better]. Not surprisingly, people under stress don’t tend to make smart food choices. Very often the carbohydrates that people go for are chocolates, sweets and fatty foods which cause obesity.

3. A molecule called neuropeptide Y, that is released from nerve cells during stress, encourages fat accumulation. A diet high in fat and sugar appears to further promote the release of neuropeptide Y.

We can avoid stress leading to obesity by following small life style changes.

  • Eat healthy food , in small portions, eat slowly and chew the food well
  • Don’t remain hungry for too long.
  • While having food, just concentrate on food, avoid mobile or TV.
  • Deal with your stress. Meditate, yoga, focus on constructive things, indulge in your hobby.
  • socialize with like minded friends.
  • Be active in some outdoor activities.

It is well said-

‘Being in control of your life and having realistic expectations about your day- to- day challenges are the key to stress management, which is perhaps the most important ingredient to living a happy, healthy and rewarding life.”                                                                                            – Marilu Henner.

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