It's certainly no secret that Americans are getting fatter – and it is making us sicker.
We are suffering ever-growing rates of obesity and worsening health caused by weight problems. Stress is a leading cause of this modern-day epidemic – brought about by our frenetic lifestyles or by financial worries from the economic recession.
Stress comes in two varieties: Acute stress is when you are running to catch a plane, your work is past deadline, the kids are calling for help and you feel like the world is crashing down on your little shoulders.
Chronic stress is what we live with every day without any hope of it loosening its grip on us. Doctors and scientists analyze the metabolic and hormonal basis for our stress reactions.
Nutritionists, exercise experts and other clinicians help us deal with its undesirable effects. One thing that doesn’t work is being told that the problem is in our head and that if we watch our diet we will lose weight.
Another thing that doesn’t work is doctors discarding the problem and recommending a blood test at some point in our downward spiral.
In a post tomorrow I'll help you understand the causes of the problem and provide you with a primer on what stress does to our body and soul and then offer tips on how to minimize stress in your life.