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Eating Your Stress

Many people eat when they are stressed. "Stress eating" can often lead to overeating. This is partly due to the hormones stress unleashes. But the high-fat, sugary "comfort foods" people tend to reach for when stressed also contribute to overeating. Researchers have shown what many people already believe: For many people, weight gain is indeed linked to stress. This confirmation is not good news for the tens of millions of Americans who report high…

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