Is Stress Causing You to Gain Weight?

Is stress ruling your life? Nearly half of Americans believe they’ll never feel stress-free ever again. A new poll of 2,000 people over the age of 30 revealed 57 percent of people feel stress more frequently now than they did five years ago and 47 percent live an unhealthier life because of the stress they experience.

Over four in 10 (43%) admitted to dealing with their stress in unhealthy ways, including sitting inactively and thinking about what stresses them out (37%) or turning to food for comfort (30%). Half the poll said stress has an effect on their social life and another 44 percent said it has an effect on their work life.

Commissioned by Nutrisystem and conducted by OnePoll, the study found most are often stressed by their general health (36%), the amount of money they make (36%), or their job (34%). One in four (26%) are worried about their weight, specifically. They also shared how stress affects their day-to-day life: losing sleep (46%), not being able to concentrate (37%), their blood pressure increasing (30%), and their weight increasing (24%). Four in 10 (43%) have gained weight because of stress, gaining an average of 17 pounds.

Excerpted from Study Finds

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