You hear time and time again that stress contributes to weight gain. It may be easy to assume that when we are stressed, we sometimes eat more and exercise less, but there’s way more to the story than this.
This week, we will take a deep dive into a paper from UCLA published in 2019 that really gets into the nitty gritty details of how stress can lead to weight gain and also how weight gain can lead to stress. I think you’ll come to agree that obesity and stress are much more intricately related than previously thought.
First of all, though, let’s take a quick look at what exactly stress is. In this paper, the author defines stress as “a negative emotional experience accompanied by predictable biochemical, physiological, cognitive and behavioral changes that are directed either toward altering the stressful event or accommodating to its effects.”
The stress response actually dates back all the way to our caveman days. In those days, our...