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People in Debt Twice as Likely to Be Overweight?

There's a solution for every problem, and it appears two of the toughest to fix are heavily linked. New research from Germany shows that people in heavy debt are twice as likely to be overweight as the general population and more than 2.5 times as likely to be obese.

While the statistics are surprisingly high, it makes sense that individuals with intense financial stress would be struggle with weight. Stress causes the body to put on weight, and the researchers note that people may turn to food to cope with their money troubles. However, the team doesn't rule out that heavier people are more likely to get into debt because it's harder to find employment or make as much money as slimmer individuals. I hope there isn't much validity behind this suggestion; have your experiences shown there's any truth to the possibility?

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ella1978 ella1978 7 years
Not that I fault anyone for eating cheaper. If that's what has to go, that's what goes. We are trying to make large sizes of things and freezing them. Lasagne, bean soup, butternut squash soup, etc. Easier to make a big portion, and cheaper to buy a bigger portion too. Then we save it in the freezer. My goal is to make 5 or 6 things we really like in bulk in one week. Then dinners are in the freezer for a month. Starting out small this week with the lasagne and the soup. The lasagne is a meat lasagna (which I won't eat) but my fiance can warm up the left overs for lunch for several different meals. ANyways, just babbling on, but wanted to make sure I dind't offend anyone. Just saying what we do.
ella1978 ella1978 7 years
As noted in a previous post, I'm freaking broke due to getting my salary slashed (thank you econ..) and my fiance being in school.. but because of my hard work and dicipline, I'm losing weight. Not always is a lack of funds because you are bad at finances. We have two people living in a house with a mortgage and we are only bringing home around 30K a year after taxes. That's not a lot of money. 11K of that alone goes to my mortgage. Add in utilities, groceries, gasoline & home and car insurance.. there nothing left! So when I complain about the cost of healthy food, it's because it is a splurge for me. A box of mac n' cheese a night would be much cheaper, but terrible for us. I won't compromise our health, we just try to buy and make things economically.
fades-the-sun fades-the-sun 7 years
I definitely thought the same as imLissy after reading this. Even from my own experience, (mostly due to the recession) I've definitely noticed I've been eating more junk food than I used to. Having to cut back on spending unfortunately means, for me, eating cheap and not-so-healthy foods. Although, if it's between that or curbing my shopping habit, I'm more likely to do the former (not something to be proud of I know, but at least I'm honest?) Anyway, the correlation between debt and obesity is undoubtedly a combination of all of the factors listed (and more). There's no ONE reason why people in debt tend to weigh more than people who aren't.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 7 years
I'm with post #2, too, and post #3. I'm fairly disciplined about my eating and exercising. I think this carries over to our personal economy. The fundamental principles are similar.
Spectra Spectra 7 years
I'm with Anon #2---the act of following a budget/spending plan requires a certain amount of self-control, as does following a structured eating plan. People that are good with money are less likely to eat fast food or buy lots of random junk foods. I think that's the case with me...I think of most snacky foods or eating out as sort of a luxury. I stick to a budget at the grocery store and buy what's on the list. If I don't have it in the house, I won't go out and just buy it because I crave it.
PinkCrayon PinkCrayon 7 years
When I lost my job and had bills still coming at me left and right, I did gain weight. With work, school, and bills to pay I didn't gain weight because I had this constant daily routine. But when I lost my job, I had all this free time on my hands and I kept eating. So I don't think it's always necessarily stress, it could be a lifestyle choice and daily routine thing as well.
luna08 luna08 7 years
Or a overall lack of self-discipline. (I am so going to hear it for saying that!)
imLissy imLissy 7 years
and cheap foods are the ones most likely to make you pack on the pounds
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