Aircraft noise makes you fat, Swedish study says

Weight gain is due to rise in stress from excessive noise

Living near an airport can make your belly bigger, a Swedish study says. The rise in stress hormones that comes from excessive noise can make you put on weight.

More than 5100 people were tracked over a period of 10 years for the study by Stockholm’s Karolinska Institute. Many of the participants live near the city’s Arlanda airport. They were also studied for their lifestyle habits, including smoking.

“If you are highly exposed to noise then it means an increase of six centimetres [in stomach size] compared to no exposure to noise at all,” chief researcher Charlotta Eriksson told Sveriges Television.

She explained that exposure to aircraft noise increases the stress hormone cortisol, which in turn affects the amount of fat stored in your stomach. Factoring in stress and lifestyle choices, the average increase in the size of the stomach was 1.5 centimetres.

As the report puts it: “Long-term aircraft noise exposure may be linked to metabolic outcomes, in particular increased waist circumference.”

The Local

[pictured: Obese teen weighing 146kg]

x

Check Also

Copenhagen Airport, Kastrup, CPH, buy, purchase, sell, stake, ATP, Macquarie, fund, state, tariff, tax, fares, lower

Copenhagen’s shrinking passenger stats

Airport saw 0.5% more pax in 2017, but the trend is downward

Swedavia, Sweden, airports, Arlanda, Gothenburg, Stockholm, passenger, July, record

Record airline passengers in Sweden

Seven of Swedavia’s ten airports reach new heights

Changes at the top for Sweden’s airports

Swedavia appoints new directors for Arlanda, Bromma and others

Norwegian, strike, Small Planet Airlines

Small Planet enters Scandinavian market

Fast-growing charter carrier to take Swedes on holiday

Swedavia, Sweden, air travel, June, SAS, strike, Bromma, Gothenburg, Arlanda

SAS strike hits Sweden travel figures

Average of 5% for 2016 drops to 1% in June

Swedavia, Sweden, airports, Arlanda, Gothenburg, Stockholm, passenger, July, record

Best month ever for Swedish airports

Swedavia passenger numbers up 6% during month