Diet & Weight Magazine

Why Excess Traffic Noise Makes It Hard To Get Rid Of Belly Fat

By Bellyfatformula @fatbellyblog
Get Rid Of Belly Fat

Get Rid Of Belly Fat

It sounds ludicrous I know.  But a recent study published in the Journal Of Occupational & Environmental Medicine claims just that.

If you live near roads, railways or airports where there is a high volume of traffic then you could be at a greater risk of developing excess fat and your will find it hard to get rid of belly fat.

OK, do you agree it sounds a little far fetched?
Sounds pretty far fetched to me.  Everyone lives near a road don’t they?  Let’s look at this in a bit more detail then.  The cross-sectional study was completed in Sweden and calculated the noise exposure of 5,075 people aged between 43 and 66.

They completed detailed examination of lifestyle, health status, job stressors, psychological distress and more via questionnaire as well as information relating to environmental noise pollution from different traffic sources.

This was all followed up with comprehensive physical examination looking at blood pressure, belly fat measures and BMI (body mass index).

OK, so what were the results?
Well a large proportion (62%) had been exposed to traffic noise of greater than 45 decibels frequently, with smaller volumes also subjected to train and aircraft noise.

Now here is where it gets interesting.  The researchers found no link between traffic noise and overall obesity levels (measured via BMI).  BUT they did find an association between the type of noise pollution and the size of your mid section – particularly in women.

For every five decibels higher the noise exposure there was a corresponding 0.21cm increase in waist circumference.  To add to this – the greater number of sources of noise at once – the greater the risk of increased belly fat.

So how could this happen?
Still seems a bit of a stretch right?  Well the research team suggested that the high traffic noise pollution could be creating physiological stressors that elevates the production ofthe hormone cortisol.  An increase in cortisol production due to stress has previously been linked to an increase in belly fat and obesity.

A secondary hypothesis was that noise disturbance may effect normal sleep patterns which can also have a knock on to an individuals metabolism, eating habits and energy levels.

Sounds interesting all right.  I am not sure if I am buying traffic noise as the key to get rid of belly fat yet, but in the interests of transparency, if you fancy reading about it for yourself you can see the full research here.

I am off to the store to get a pair of ear plugs before I go to bed.


You Might Also Like :

Back to Featured Articles on Logo Paperblog

These articles might interest you :

  • Big Food Giants Manipulate Public Health Policy in China

    Food Giants Manipulate Public Health Policy China

    Coca-Cola is at it again. As soda sales decline in the United States and Europe, beverage companies look to emerging economies like China for growth. And, it... Read more

    The 15 January 2019 by   Dietdoctor
    DIET & WEIGHT, HEALTH, HEALTHY LIVING, MEDICINE
  • Jewellery for a Precious You

    Jewellery Precious

    Jewellery is always close to a woman’s heart. It completes her look and boost confidence. Considering the changing trends in jewellery fashion, it becomes... Read more

    The 15 January 2019 by   Dr.jenifer Sayyed
    LIFESTYLE
  • Rajshri Productions’ Next Is A Film On Friendship | Hum Chaar | Trailer

    Abhishek Dixit’s debut feature film Hum Chaar is a Bollywood film made under the banner of Rajshri’s film. Hum Chaar is written and directed by Abhishek Dixit. Read more

    The 15 January 2019 by   Themoviean
    ENTERTAINMENT, MOVIES
  • Saint Paul the First Hermit

    Saint Paul First Hermit

    Today is the feast day of Saint Paul the hermit. This is a sweet and delicate Oatmeal Bread topped with rolled oats and naturally sweetened with agave. Saint... Read more

    The 15 January 2019 by   Veronica46
    FOOD & DRINK, RECIPES
  • Irupathiyonnaam Noottaandu | Teaser | Pranav Mohanlal | Arun Gopy

    Arun Gopy’s Irupathiyonnaam Noottaandu is an upcoming Malayalam action-drama feature film starring Pranav Mohanlal and Zaya David in the lead roles. Read more

    The 15 January 2019 by   Themoviean
    ENTERTAINMENT, MOVIES
  • A Year Of Body Positivity

    Year Body Positivity

    Last January, as I sat there on New Years eve all set to make the same old resolutions I've made year after year for as long as I can remember, I realised how... Read more

    The 15 January 2019 by   Sparklesandstretchmarks
    DIARIES, SELF EXPRESSION
  • Garden Bloggers Bloom Day – Jan 2019

    Garden Bloggers Bloom 2019

    Euphorbia rigidaWhen I went out to take the photos for this blog post I was surprised at how much was in flower dotted around the garden. Read more

    The 15 January 2019 by   Patientgardener
    GARDENING, HOME