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Job Stress Can Lead to Obesity

First comes the stress - from layoffs and fear of layoffs - then the vegging out at home in front of the TV. And when pink slips are circulating, the vending machines at work run out of snacks highest in fats and calories. Those are findings from a study of the effects of chronic job stress and lack of physical activity on nearly 2,800 employees at a large manufacturing facility in upstate New York. Researchers from the University of Rochester Medical Center said that the circumstances apply to almost any job situation in which layoffs or lack of control at work is a major concern. They found that 72 to 75 percent of the employees they studied were overweight or obese. Most were middle-aged, white, college-educated (some with advanced degrees), earned more than $60,000 per year and averaged almost 22 years in their jobs. More than 65 percent of the employees reported watching two or more hours of TV daily and of these individuals 77 percent were more likely to be overweight or obese. The solution? The researchers suggested improved corporate policies to better protect employee health. And, of course, exercise.

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There are many researches that found a strong relationship between anxious childhood and anxiety eating as an adult. A lot of men and women turn to food to fill a missing void and take comfort in eating. Anxiety eating is eating caused by anxiety and not by hunger.

The relationship between anxiety and disturbed eating has been the subject of several studies. These studies all suggest that social anxiety, which is the fear of being judged by society, or generalized anxiety – may be the first step to developing an eating disorder.

I wrote an article about this issue, it's at:

April 26, 2010 | Unregistered Commenteranxiety eating

As we continue to grapple with Obesity, a question that is not getting too much attention is the role Alternative systems of medicine like Ayurveda can play in controlling / curingObesity. A system based on Nature can not be all that bad :-)

May 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAyurveda group
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