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Studies Show Stress Can Cause Weight Gain

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  Original Published: 7/26/2013† Stress can play a huge role in your health.† † Studies have found a stressful life can cause high blood pressure, heart disease, and obesity.† † That's right, stress can even cause weight gain.†† Why? † Here's Mary Ellen Hopkins with today's Health Minute. † No doubt about it, we live in a stressful world. † And doctors say, when we're stressed, we may not eat as well as we should. † Psychologists at the Mayo Clinic have found during very stressful times, people tend to eat to fill an emotional need, even when they are not hungry. † And that can include snacking on comfort foods that are often high in calories and fat. † It is sometimes referred to as emotional or stress eating. † Doctors say there are ways to handle emotional eating. † First, get a handle on the stress. † People who are in control seem to stick to better eating habits and exercise more. † What's the best way to handle stress. Try these tips. † Recognize stress and the warning signs like anxiety, irritability and muscle tension. † When eating, ask if you're really hungry or just eating to eat. † Don't skip meals, especially breakfast. † Don't have comfort food, like potato chips and candy, available in your home or office. † Pratice relaxation exercises, such as yoga and meditation. † And, get plenty of sleep. † Doctors say, feeling more comfortable with your inner self, can cut down in inner stress, and therefore cut down on emotional snacking.
   
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