The difference was big enough to pile on almost 5kg over the course of a year, prompting a warning not to resort to unhealthy comfort food at times of stress.
A history of depression alone did not affect metabolic rate. But depression combined with stressful events led to a steeper rise in triglyceride blood fats a risk factor for heart disease after the meal.
The scientists questioned 58 middle aged women about how stressed they were the previous day before giving them a meal containing 930 calories and 60 grams of fat.
fat equivalent of a double layer hamburger and French fries.
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Over the course of a year, slowing metabolism by this much could result in weight gain of almost 5kg, said the researchers whose findings appear in the journal Biological Psychiatry.
Stressed women had higher levels of insulin, which contributes to fat storage. Their fat was also less likely to be oxidised converted into a form that can be used as fuel.
WOMEN who experienced one or more stressful events burned significantly fewer calories than those who did not, scientists found.
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On average, those women who reported experiencing one or more stressful events burned 104 fewer calories than non stressed women in the seven hours following the meal.
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