Study Links PTSD Directly with Obesity in Women

Obesity remains one of the most talked about health issues around the world as more people are affected by it and the health issues that can occur because of obesity.

Now, researchers at Harvard School of Public Health and Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health has said that women with posttraumatic stress disorder are more prone to obesity than those who are not affected by this disorder. It is probably the first ever study that studies the relationship between obesity and PTSD also known as posttraumatic stress disorder.

Women with PTSD gain weight more rapidly than women without disorder

Women with PTSD gain weight more rapidly than women without disorder

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The study also focuses on how many women actually suffer through PTSD and it was revealed that one in nine women will have PTSD issues over the course of their lifetime which is twice the number of men and that is when they will experience and get more obese. It is also said that women that experience extreme traumatic events like rape and violence carry a high risk for the disorder. The study also reveals that PTSD is not just a mental health issue but it can also lead to cardiovascular and diabetes issues and now the study has confirmed that obesity is also directly linked with PTSD.

So far the study has not focused on what really triggers obesity after the trauma but it is believed that over activation of stress hormones can lead to disturbances in the functioning of the hypothalamic pituitary adrenal axis and the sympathetic nervous system that regulates metabolism. It is also believed that women that suffer from PTSD also have decrease in their likelihood of exercising.

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