Stress and Obesity

Obesity is a nominal form of obese.  It is a condition in which the energy reserve in human body is increased to a level when it can cause certain health conditions or increased mortality. Obesity is being viewed as an increasing public health threat. Obesity is being considered to predispose various diseases like sleep apnea, cardiovascular diseases and etc.


Stress plays a major role in Obesity.  Emotions and environment stress affects a person's overeating pattern significantly.


Emotional status generally plays upon the mind of the consumer of the food while he/she is eating something. When people are not in an emotional stable position due to some stress they tend to fall back to over eating.
In psychological thought, there are two chief standpoints on obesity, the externality hypothesis and the psychodynamic hypothesis Stress and Obesity.


It is seen that overeating is considered to be a means of diminishing anxiety, relieving frustration and deprivation, sedating oneself, diminishing guilt and handling anxiety. Theorists Rakoff and Garetz describe overeating as a means of coping with emotions such as anxiety, anger, despair, and depression all of which are associated with stress.


Kornhaber characterizes the obese persons overeating pattern as occurring in response to emotional distress, especially depression.


From these studies it is quite evident that when an obese person undergoes stress, particularly when the cause of the stress is unclear, he/she will respond by eating. The obese person may use food in an attempt to regain a sense of self control when that sense is disturbed and then overeating will lead the person who is suffering from the stress to be obese which may then trigger certain other problems.