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Why stress at work is leading to increased body fat

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A new study sheds light on the detrimental effects of workplace stress, revealing a correlation between high-stress and increased abdominal fat.

  • Work Stress Linked to Belly Fat: New study highlights the connection between workplace stress and increased accumulation of abdominal fat, known as visceral fat, which poses significant health risks.

  • Impact on Health: Chronic stress triggers hormonal changes, including elevated cortisol levels, leading to altered metabolism, increased appetite, and preference for high-calorie foods, ultimately contributing to weight gain around the belly area.

  • Call for Action: Employers urged to prioritise stress management interventions and supportive work environments to mitigate the adverse effects of workplace stress on employee health.

Researchers suggest that chronic stress in the workplace may contribute to weight gain, particularly around the belly area, posing significant health risks.

The study analysed data from over 2,000 participants across different industries and professions.

Participants were assessed for stress levels using standardised questionnaires and underwent body composition measurements to evaluate fat distribution.

Results revealed a compelling association between work-related stress and the accumulation of visceral fat, particularly in the abdominal region.

Visceral fat, also known as belly fat, is considered more harmful than subcutaneous fat, as it surrounds vital organs and is linked to increased risk of chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and metabolic syndrome.

The mechanisms underlying the link between workplace stress and abdominal fat deposition are multifaceted.

Crucial issue

Stress triggers the release of cortisol, a hormone associated with the body’s fight-or-flight response, which plays a crucial role in energy metabolism and fat storage.

Prolonged exposure to elevated cortisol levels may disrupt metabolic processes, leading to increased appetite, cravings for high-calorie foods, and altered fat distribution, particularly favoring the deposition of visceral fat.

Furthermore, stress-related behaviors such as emotional eating, poor dietary choices, and inadequate sleep may further exacerbate weight gain and abdominal obesity among individuals experiencing chronic stress in the workplace.

The implications of these findings extend beyond individual health outcomes, with potential ramifications for workplace productivity, employee well-being, and healthcare costs.

Employers are urged to prioritise the implementation of stress management interventions and supportive work environments to mitigate the adverse effects of workplace stress on employee health.

Ahron Young is an award winning journalist who has covered major news events around the world. Ahron is the Managing Editor and Founder of TICKER NEWS.

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China conducts ‘punishment’ war games near Taiwan

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China initiated military ‘punishment’ exercises in the waters surrounding Taiwan in response to the newly inaugurated President Lai Ching-te.

These drills come amid escalating tensions in the region, with Beijing asserting its sovereignty over Taiwan, denouncing the inauguration of President Lai Ching-te and labelling this one of several “separatist acts”, as reported by Reuters.

These military manoeuvres are seen as a show of force and a warning to Taiwan and its supporters against any moves perceived as challenging China’s territorial claims.

President Lai has repeatedly offered talks with China but has been rebuffed.

He says only Taiwan’s people can decide their future, and rejects Beijing’s sovereignty claims.

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Apple Music’s controversial top 10 albums of all time

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Apple Music has released its highly anticipated “100 Best Albums of All Time” list, with the top 10 rankings causing a bittersweet symphony of destruction for some music lovers.

The list was curated by a panel of experts and based on various factors including cultural impact, critical acclaim, and commercial success, with the aim to celebrate the most influential and timeless albums across genres.

As reported by the official Apple Music Newsroom blog post, the top ten best albums of all time are the following:

10. Lemonade (2016), Beyoncé

9. Nevermind (1991), Nirvana 

8. Back to Black (2006), Amy Winehouse

7. good kid, m.A.A.d city (2012), Kendrick Lamar

6. Songs in the Key of Life (1976), Stevie Wonder

5. Blonde (2016), Frank Ocean

4. Purple Rain (1984), Prince & The Revolution

3. Abbey Road (1969), The Beatles

2. Thriller (1982), Michael Jackson

1. The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill (1998), Lauryn Hill

In other news, Apple recently became the first company to hit a $3 trillion stock market value, before falling just below that milestone, as reported by Reuters.

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Essential daily protein needs for better health

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Protein is a fundamental macronutrient essential for various bodily functions, including muscle repair, enzyme production, and immune system support.

Daily protein requirements can vary significantly based on factors such as activity levels, age, and gender.

To help unpack this topic, Kate Save from BeFitFood joins to share her key insights. #featured

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