Stressing out about work or bills can cause weight gain, according to a study in the American Journal of Epidemiology.

After following 1,355 American men and women for nine years, researcher Jason Block, working at Harvard University for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, found that people with higher body mass indexes (BMI) gained weight when stressed. stress

The weight gain is caused by changed eating behaviours that people undertake when stressed.

“Today’s economy is stressing people out, and stress has been linked to a number of illnesses such as heart disease, high blood pressure and increased risk for cancer. This study shows that stress is also linked to weight gain,” Block says.

According to another study, Psychosocial Stress and Change in Weight Among US Adults, only women gain weight when stressed about strained family relationships.

Men gained weight when stressed about their lack of decision authority and their ability to learn new skills at worh