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Stress-Related Weight Gain Spikes With Financial Crisis

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The global financial crisis of the past year has hurt Americans and Canadians in more than just their wallets. Trends show that as a result of increased stress, many are eating more than usual and losing their battle against the bulge even as they try harder to diet.

"I've been seeing nearly three new patients a day for months, and 90 percent of them have stress-related eating issues," said Dr. Penny Kendall-Reed, a world-famous naturopathic physician and author who treats patients on how to utilize the brain and holistic measures for controlling food cravings without the unpleasant side-effects normally associated with dieting.

According to Dr. Kendall-Reed, as many people become more stressed about work stability and the economic downturn, they compulsively turn to food.

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"Stress stimulates the hunger center in the brain, destabilizes our blood sugar, makes us resistant to our anti-hunger messengers, and reduces our levels of 'happy hormone' serotonin, all of which trigger cravings that inevitably lead to weight gain," said Dr. Kendall-Reed.

Dr. Kendall-Reed should know; her revolutionary, research-based No-Crave Diet concept, co-authored with her husband Dr. Stephen Reed, helps people take back control of their weight by teaching them how to counter the biological process that makes us crave the wrong foods, effectively silencing the craving urge fueled by stress.

"A standard complaint I get from patients at a time like this is that their diets are not working," said Dr. Kendall-Reed. "That's simply because stress promotes storage of calories, particularly around the midsection, which is the most dangerous place to gain weight and the hardest to remove."

Monitoring about 90 percent of her patients on the No-Crave Diet for six to eight weeks prior to when the financial crisis worsened in mid-October, Dr. Kendall-Reed noticed that they have continued to lose weight and report no recurrence of cravings.

Dr. Kendall-Reed frequently lectures in the U.S., Canada, and the Caribbean and come January 9, 2009 will be in Santa Monica, Calif. teaching how to beat the food cravings that lead to weight gain.



Great point about the body's stress response.. we do, over the long run, store calories as a response to stress. Unfortunately, many of us also eat more during stressful times because of the positive feedback that our brains give when we eat. Thanks for bringing these important points to light. Excellent article, -James T. Stress Management Coach www.Christian-Life-Coaching.org