Stress and Body Shape: Stress-Induced Cortisol Secretion Is Consistently Greater Among Women With Central Fat

@article{Epel2000StressAB,
  title={Stress and Body Shape: Stress-Induced Cortisol Secretion Is Consistently Greater Among Women With Central Fat},
  author={E. Epel and B. McEwen and T. Seeman and K. Matthews and G. Castellazzo and K. Brownell and J. Bell and J. Ickovics},
  journal={Psychosomatic Medicine},
  year={2000},
  volume={62},
  pages={623-632}
}
Objective Excessive central fat puts one at greater risk of disease. In animal studies, stress-induced cortisol secretion has been shown to increase central fat. The objective of this study was to assess whether women with central fat distribution (as indicated by a high waist-to-hip ratio [WHR]), across a range of body mass indexes, display consistently heightened cortisol reactivity to repeated laboratory stressors. Methods Fifty nine healthy premenopausal women, 30 with a high WHR and 29… Expand
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