Research on stress

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(KTSF by Susannah Lee)

According to a recent study by the American Psychological Association, Americans reported being less stressed in 2011 than in 2007. However, researchers note that high stress levels are still a norm in daily life. The highest areas of reported stress were caused by lack of money and employment.

Notably, many people crave unhealthy food when feeling stressed. A study by the Harvard School of Medicine finds that after consuming high-sugar and high-fat foods, people feel less stressed. Furthermore, with stress, the adrenal glands produce more cortisol, which elevates the desire to eat.  Therefore, people under great stress are more prone to overeating and weight gain.

In order to combat stress, one should meditate, exercise, eat a healthy diet, get sufficient sleep, and socialize with loved ones.

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