What’s the outlook for people with stress and weight gain?

People with chronic high stress are susceptible to several health-related issues, including:

  • heart disease
  • digestive issues
  • sleep deprivation
  • high blood pressure
  • cognitive impairment
  • anxiety
  • depression
  • diabetes
  • stroke
  • other chronic conditions

Additionally, extra weight may increase your risk for diabetes and certain cancers.

With proper treatment, including medical interventions and lifestyle modifications, you can lower your stress levels, reduce stress-related weight gain, and decrease the chances of developing a long-term health condition.

The takeaway

Chronic stress can lead to weight gain. The good news is there are simple and effective ways to reduce daily stressors, and consequently, manage your weight.

Through regular exercise, healthy food choices, mindfulness meditation, and minimizing your to-do list, you can begin to reduce stress and manage weight.