Can Stress Affect My Weight?enteenshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/T-expertAnswersRev-enHD-AR1.jpgFind out what the experts have to say!stress, anxiety, weight, fitness, nutrition, feeling, health, healthy, junk food, food, anxious, cholesterol, diabetes, heart, cardiac, stress reliever11/20/200709/23/201909/23/2019Mary L. Gavin, MD09/20/201958adaf66-1412-4467-ab3b-0d2a31081980https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/stress-weight.html/<p><em>How does stress relate to gaining weight?<br /> </em>&ndash; <em>Erin *</em></p> <p>For many people, there's a direct connection between stress and weight gain: When they&nbsp;feel stressed, they turn to food for comfort. That's bad enough, but it gets worse: When we're stressed out, we tend to choose junk food over healthy food. So the calories can add up quickly.</p> <p>Over time, these extra calories can lead to weight gain. Being overweight makes&nbsp;it more likely people will have health problems like high cholesterol and diabetes.</p> <p>So instead of grabbing the chocolate ice cream the next time you feel anxious or stressed, reach for an apple, a handful of almonds, or a small bowl of light popcorn. Try an alternative stress reliever, like exercising (which will also help burn calories), talking with a friend, <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/relax-meditation.html/">meditating</a>, or listening to some comforting music to help you decrease stress.</p> <p><em>*Names have been changed to protect user privacy.</em></p>
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