You’re Fat and In Debt for the Same Reason
by Rick Kahler
Over the years I’ve noticed a common trait among people with money problems: Many of those people are also overweight. Is there a relationship between overspending and overeating?
I recently read about a 2009 study by Dr. Eva Munster at the University of Mainz in Germany. Those deep in consumer debt are 2.5 times more likely to be overweight than those who have no debt, Munster found. Possible links include overeating because of the stress of debt, difficulty buying healthful food on a limited income or inability to delay gratification in spending and eating.
Based on my work with those in financial trouble, however, I suspect a deeper cause. Just as chronic money problems aren’t about money, chronic weight problems probably aren’t about food.