You're Fat and In Debt for the Same Reason
By Rick Kahler
NEW YORK (AdviceIQ) -- Over the years I've noticed a common trait among people with money problems: Many of those people are also overweight. Is there a relationship between overspending and overeating?
I recently read about a 2009 study by Dr. Eva Munster at the University of Mainz in Germany. Those deep in consumer debt are 2.5 times more likely to be overweight than those who have no debt, Munster found. Possible links include overeating because of the stress of debt, difficulty buying healthful food on a limited income or inability to delay gratification in spending and eating.
Based on my work with those in financial trouble, however, I suspect a deeper cause. Just as chronic money problems aren't about money, chronic weight problems probably aren't about food.
For supporting evidence, I went to an expert: my daughter, London, who recently took a graduate course in medicine. I asked her about the medical link between overspending and overeating. She explained that sugar is addictive and stimulates the same part of the brain as narcotics, producing a euphoric response that, when it subsides, calls for more of the substance.dopamine producer for another. The answer is a sort of "rewiring" of the brain to create new neuropathways that do not require the harmful substance or activity to produce the same euphoric event. The latest research on the brain tells us this rewiring is completely doable. Kahler Financial Group in in Rapid City, S.D. AdviceIQ is a network of financial advisors that writes insightful articles for the public about investing and wealth management. All articles are edited by AdviceIQ's editor in chief, Larry Light. AdviceIQ certifies that all its advisors have no regulatory infractions. To subscribe to AdviceIQ's RSS feed for personal finance articles written by financial advisors and AdviceIQ editors, click here. Follow AdviceIQ on Twitter at @adviceiq.
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