Obesity And Its Effects On Obesity Essay

1782 Words Nov 3rd, 2014 8 Pages
Introduction As of last year, over 2.1 billion people worldwide were considered obese (Ostrow, 2014). Obesity is increasing at an alarming rate due to multiple factors. A common factor is stress and the internal and external influences that links stress to obesity. As there are other environmental and genetic aspects that can affect someone to become obese, there have been multiple studies done to provide information and prove that stress is indeed linked to obesity. Separately these issues already present multiple problems, but when put together become even worse having created a worldwide epidemic. (Torres, Nowson; 2007)
Stress
What is Stress? “Stress can be defined as the brain’s response to any demand.”(Fact Sheet on Stress) Stress can happen in either long term or short term periods and can be reoccurring as well. However, if stress is occurring for long periods of time the body and brain starts to lose cells because of the amount of stress being induced upon them because of the chemicals being excreted. These periods of stress can be affected by different changes ranging from change in daily routines, dietary changes, work, school, and etc. Stress can be present in many forms such as, reality or perception. Sometimes the brain is unaware of what state it is; therefore, sending the same signals to the brain in either form of reality or perception. Stress can also be present in a positive or negative form. For instance, positive stress would be the changing of homes…

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