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Does clutter cause you to be overweight?

According to Venice Kichura, “De-cluttering your house could be the first step to shedding unwanted body fat.”

If your house is full of clutter, chances are you have not seen the top of your kitchen table in some time. If that is the case, well-thought out structured meals probably is not a part of your daily routine. This chaotic system leads to choosing fast and easy meals over healthy meals. Unfortunately, many fast and easy meals are full of fat, sodium, sugar and syrups. This combination often leads to obesity.

If your home is cluttered, overall systems are probably lacking. Many overlooked systems include having a shopping list, taking vitamins, getting regular exercise, getting 7-8 hours of sleep, and avoiding caffeine.

Clutter also leads to increased stress. As your stress increases, your cortisol levels increase. Per Kichura, this results in increased insulin, making you hungrier and more prone to grab the wrong foods.

Based upon this analysis, clutter can be linked to being overweight.

What should you do to monitor your weight and health risks?

Firstly, see your doctor on a regular basis and follow up with your doctor’s recommendations. Secondly, educate yourself on the risks and things you can do to live a healthy life. Keep an eye out for free seminars in your area. In Cedar Rapids, St Luke’s Hospital is sponsoring A Growing Problem: Childhood Obesity program, on Tuesday July 27, 2010, 7 - 8 p.m. at St. Luke’s Hospital, 3rd Floor Nassif Heart Center classroom. The program is free. To sign up, call 319/369-7395 or visit stlukescr.org. Obesity isn’t just an adult problem anymore.

Lastly, take the time to recognize and tackle the stress in your life. If it means de-cluttering, then start with one pile, one box or one drawer. Just get started!

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