Women's Health

Chronic stress: A Risk Factor For Obesity

Chronic stress Obesity continues to be a growing problem in the developed world. This global epidemic has complex roots and among the many contributors to an unhealthy weight, is chronic stress.

Although it is natural for the body to undergo a “fight or flight” response when faced with a challenging situation, a prolonged stress response burdens the body in detrimental ways. In the United States high job demands, low job control, and poor social support at work contribute to one out of four obesity cases in working class individuals. In light of these findings and over the last 30 years of research, employers have gained a new awareness of how stress poses a risk to employees and their efficiency at work. In response, some companies are now implementing employee wellness practices to reduce work related stress and health risks such as overweight.

Obesity is associated with a number of diseases such as type 2 diabetes, dyslipidemia, and hypertension, all of which take years off of the average American’s life each year. Chronic stress alters biochemical pathways responsible for metabolism and may promote unhealthy meal choices. These effects can, over time, develop into stubborn weight gain and dangerous cardiac health risks. Making a conscious effort to manage stress at home and at work can significantly reduce the risk of obesity in working individuals. Ways to manage stress include engaging in recreational activities, exercise, meditation, massage treatments, and even aromatherapy.

Aromatherapy uses natural essential oils to calm, restore, re-energize, and balance the body naturally. Pharmaceutical grade SwissJust naturals’ own Anti Stress oil features a proprietary blend of 15 essential oils delicately balanced to calm even the most anxious mind and promote relaxation. Contact Dr. Kothari to learn more about stress management as a weight loss tool and how essential oils can help your treatment.

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