Does noise make us fat?

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Eat­ing in si­lence not only makes us health­ier, it also helps us main­tain our fig­ures, say Swedish sci­en­tists. Re­searchers at the Karolin­ska In­sti­tutet ex­am­ined around 500 men and women from across Swe­den. Among the re­sults: The hips of those ex­posed to street noise (5 deci­bels above the norm of 45 deci­bels) each day dur­ing meals were 0.2 cm wider than the hips of those who ate in peace. The obe­sity risk dou­bled when planes and trains could also be heard. Noise causes stress, which com­pels the body to cre­ate fat re­serves.

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