A study involving 61 women, of whom 33 were chronically stressed caring for a spouse or parent with dementia, has found that highly stressed people who ate a lot of high-fat, high-sugar food were likely to have:
- a larger waistline,
- more truncal fat,
- higher oxidative damage, and
- more insulin resistance.
This association was not found among the low-stress women who ate the same amount of unhealthy food.
The findings are consistent with animal studies.