It should come as no surprise that in the U.S. - a land of plenty - many American adults are overweight or obese.

Obesity Leads to Many Preventable Deaths

Studies have proven that obesity contributes significantly to many preventable deaths from such chronic diseases as hypertension, stroke, respiratory problems and various cancers.

Yikes! We Store More Fat When We're Stressed

Research also shows connections between stress and food. In times of stress, people tend to seek high-calorie, high-fat foods, though in fact, when people are stressed, their bodies store more fat than when they are relaxed.

Stress Impact our Eating Habits

While many factors contribute to the nation's weight challenges, the Stress in Americaâ„¢ survey suggests that stress influences our eating habits. Many adults report engaging in unhealthy eating behaviors as a result of stress and say that these behaviors can lead to undesirable consequences, such as feeling sluggish or lazy and feeling bad about their bodies.

Why Do We Eat When We're Stressed?

Research shows people eat during stressful times because it distracts them from stress, or helps them manage their stress. For many, this also becomes a habit.

UAB HealthSmart to Present Health Talk on this Topic

There's hope for making better choices. Come to UAB HealthSmart on Wednesday, July 15 as Douglas Moellering, PhD helps you learn to make healthier choices.

For more information, visit the American Psychological Association website