Harvard weight loss researchers confirm our suspicions that work-related stress can cause weight gain.
Weight loss researchers studied more than 1,300 individuals over a period of 10 years. Among overweight men, the biggest predictors of weight gain were stress from job demands, difficulty paying bills, lack of skill discretion, and lack of authority to make decisions. Among overweight women, the biggest predictors of weight gain included not only stress from job demands and difficulty paying bills, but also strain in family relations and perceived constraints in life.
Psychosocial stress and change in weight among US adults. Am J Epidemiol. 2009 Jul 15;170(2):181-92. Epub 2009 May 22. Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts 02115, USA.