How Stress Affects Your Diet, the Best and Worst Foods to Eat When You’re Frazzled, and More
Stress might seem harmless, but it’s anything but. While short-term stress can lead to bothersome headaches, stomach cramps, weight gain, and more bouts of colds and flu, chronic, unremitting stress impacts every part of your body, from your digestive and reproductive systems to your immune system.
Left unaddressed, chronic stress can even increase your risk for conditions such as obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, depression, and anxiety, according to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).
That’s right: Stress isn’t just making you grumpier — it may also be making you fatter and sicker.