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Can Noisy Neighborhoods Cause Weight Gain?

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Can Noisy Neighborhoods Cause Weight Gain?
Swedish scientists say their research indicates that noise from traffic, trains, and planes may play some role in the obesity epidemic. In their study published in the journal Occupational & Environmental Medicine, they note that an individual’s risk for a larger waist size increases 25% if they are exposed to either traffic, train, or plane noise on a routine basis, and their risk increases to 50% if they are regularly exposed to all three sources! It is believed that traffic noise may increase the levels of cortisol in the body, the stress hormone that has been observed to stimulate the accumulation of fat in the abdominal area. Lead researcher Dr. Charlotta Eriksson adds, “Traffic noise should be recognized as an important environmental health hazard that needs to be taken into consideration in urban planning.”
Occupational & Environmental Medicine, May 2015