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It is not at all the answer you want to read, but, yes, it is possible to gain weight through sadness.

It happens to be psychogenic obesity and is nothing more, nothing less than the tendency to control sadness and anxiety with the comfort that food provides.

“We eat to calm down, because the sensations that eating brings us are pleasurable. Eating something we like gives a boost and even immediately.”

The explanation is that of the doctor Pilar Conde, who explains to the Deporte y Vida newspaper As, that people who are aware of the association between weight gain and sadness end up taking even more refuge in food, entering a vicious cycle difficult to lose and that seriously puts health at risk.

The tendency to gain weight from sadness (anxiety, stress, etc.) is still driven by emotional hunger, that is, by the constant feeling of hunger in the presence of hormones such as cortisol.

As we have explained here , the sensation of satiation does not depend solely on the foods that are ingested. Hormones also have something to say when it comes to stimulating the feeling of hunger or not. In this case, the protagonists are the intestinal peptide hormone (PYY) and the hormone GLP-1 – scientifically associated with obesity. Also, leptin and ghrelin are other examples of hormones that interfere with the feeling of hunger. More specifically, the former makes the appetite controlled, while the latter is responsible for the hunger (or will to eat) sensation.

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