Ongoing or sudden stress can put the body into a heightened state that is not good for health. It activates the nervous system and increases the levels of cortisone and adrenaline in the bloodstream. These two elevated hormones can increase blood pressure, heart rate and blood sugar. Over a long period of time, this can start to take a toll on the body. Hence, it is essential not to ignore feelings of stress but rather to understand what is happening in the body and learn simple coping mechanisms to help alleviate the negative impacts of stressors.
The Counterweight team has put together a deep dive into stress eating and the associated weight gain from stress.