Working Women May Be More Susceptible To Diabetes Thanks To Stress Eating

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Yo, nothing's more irritating than the insertion of a female rom-com heroine's Ben & Jerry binge after a stressful day at work. It's the same lazy trope as slapping glasses on a female character so we can Safely Assume something instead of actually, you know, developing her character. So I kind of hate this, but here we go.


Women who have "little or no control" over their jobs are at double the risk for diabetes than women who are happy with their career, according to research from the Institute for Work and Health and the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences in Toronto. The same is not the case for men, who "react differently to workplace stress," says lead researcher Peter Smith, who followed 7,443 working women in Ontario who had no previous diagnoses of diabetes. Over the course of Smith's 9-year study, 19% of the diagnosed women reported "low job control," which he posits results in "[turning] to foods with higher fat and sugar content than men [do in similar situations]." It's a higher statistic for diabetes causation than smoking, drinking or minimal physical activity.

I just wonder if Smith's suggestion that ladies' sadbinging on snacks is anything more than a gendered assumption, as no data mentioned in the article says anything about the dietary habits of the studied women. Sort of a big jump from the simple citation of "low job control."


'Job stress doubles diabetes risk in women — the same is not true for men' [NYDN]

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Actually, you can eat all you want, gain as much as you long as you don't have the genetic components for diabetes. The sad truth is that it's a pretty easily replicating set of genes, so most of us will be at risk.

But the idea that just binge eating (or weight, or sugar intake, or lack of exercise, etc, etc) can cause a person to become a Type 2 diabetic is just frustratingly wrong.

As is the idea that a person who does the opposite of this behavior can somehow be immune to Type 2 at any point in their life.

This may be the perfect storm for some people, but it's just frustratingly inaccurate for a significant amount of other people.