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It may be because you live on a busy, noisy street! According to the journal Occupational & Environmental Medicine, regular exposure to traffic noise makes us nearly 30% more likely to be overweight. And the risk is even higher if you’re not just hearing cars – but also planes overhead, trains, or road construction.
Because the noise raises our stress levels. And you know that the more cortisol that’s coursing through us, the more we tend to eat, and the more calories we store as fat.
So what can you do if you live in busy, noisy area? The researchers recommend drowning it out with soothing background music – or a white noise machine… or wearing noise-canceling headphones when you’re eating or need to focus.

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