High Spirited People have Higher Risk of Obesity & Depression

By Mayuri, Gaea News Network
Tuesday, December 21, 2010

KOLKATA, INDIA (GaeaTimes.com) — You are a chilledout person with high spirits and no stress can or tensions can let your spirits down but beware of the fact that your health cab be let down by the risk of obesity and depression. It’s surprising but true that people who are cheerful and underreacts to stresses in life are more likely to develop obesity and depression.

This means that not only people who overreacts to situation are expected to have increased risks of health woes such as obesity or depression. People who are under-responding to stressors may be associated with obesity, depression, poor immune functioning and poor overall health.

Researchers analyzed health data collected from 1,300 people during a 14-year period. When participants were asked to complete a short stress test, those who did not have large heart rate or blood pressure changes were more likely to become depressed and obese over the next five years, compared with those whose heart rates and blood pressures increased in response to stress, the study said. This doesn’t imply that all people with relaxed personalities are likely to develop obesity and depression.

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