Alberta’s oil slump could trigger a spike in obesity rates as thousands cope with layoffs, specialists say

Alberta’s oil slump could have heavy, and unanticipated health consequences, experts are warning: a jump in obesity rates.

The sudden shock of job loss, debt and unemployment can trigger stress-related physiological responses that cause the body to store fat, slow the rate it burns calories and increase cravings for high-fat, calorie-loaded “comfort foods,” doctors who specialize in obesity say.

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