Why stress can make you overweight: Hormones turn normal cells into dangerous fat around internal organs – Daily Mail

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Researchers have discovered the hormone that causes the body to create and store fat. The body may do this as a safe-guard against future times of limited resources. This effect is compounded by the tendency to indulge in unhealthy and excessive amounts of food when stressed. Solving this problem will be challenging, because simply blocking the formation of fat may cause the body to redirect the calories elsewhere, which could be even more harmful to health.

Key Takeaways:

  • It is well known that stress can lead to weight gain, usually after reaching for a chocolate bar or a glass of red wine following a long day.
  • But it is not just comfort eating to blame, as our bodies work against us to build up fat when we are under pressure.
  • Researchers have found stress triggers a hormone called Adamts1 which generates fat cells in the body.

“The fresh evidence that a stressful job can make you fat comes from Stanford University School of Medicine.”


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