1/ Chronic Stress
Stress can lead to relatively higher cortisol levels, which make you more prone to central weight gain – i.e. around the abdomen – with a resultant higher risk for blood pressure, diabetes and cholesterol problems.
Some meds can cause weight gain by either increasing appetite (usual mechanism) or slowing metabolism (unusual). Culprits include anti-depressants, antihistamines, diabetic meds, mood stabilisers and steroids.
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4/ Older Moms
Women who conceive later in life are more prone to gestational diabetes, and children born to these mothers will be more prone to obesity and diabetes (mere exposure to high glucose levels in pregnancy equals higher risk).
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