Stress, Gender and Weight Gain

When it comes to stress, gender seems to play a big role especially in terms of weight gain. Women under stress seems to react differently as compared to men and how it might affect their weight. New studies seem to show this in a better light.

It has long been observed that women tend to gain more weight when stressed as compared to men. According to a recent study, the reason for this is that women seem to be affected by a wider variety of stressors than do men that are associated with their weight gain.

According to researchers at the Harvard’s School of Public Health, women gained weight as a result of being subjected to several stressors such as money problems, stressful jobs, strained relationships , and limited chances in their lives.

Men on the other hand only seemed to gain weight on two types of stress and both of them related to their work- one, lack of authority to make decisions and the other one, the obvious lack of opportunity to learn new skills. Men tend not to gain weight when subjected to stress brought about by strained relationships and other general life problems.

The said study followed a group sample of 1,355 men and women all over the United States for a period of 9 years. Aside from unearthing the effects of stress on gender and weight gain, the researchers also discovered that those who were the heaviest at the beginning of the study also gained considerably more weight when subjected to deep psychological stress as compared to the participants who were closer to their normal weight.