Stress Counseling Portland OR

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A Better Way Counseling Center
(503) 226-9061
818 NW 17th Avenue
Portland, OR
Specialty
Counseling center or practice
Additional Information
Free support groups: one for those suffering from an eating disorder - this group meets every other week; one for sufferers and/or their family and friends (family members may come to this group with or without their loved one who suffers from an eating disorder, and sufferers may come with or without their loved ones) - this group meets monthly every first Friday. Individual, Family and Group counseling for adults and children. We also work closely with physicians and nutritionists.

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CareOregon, Inc.
(503) 416-4100
315 SW 5th Avenue
Portland, OR
 
Delehoy College Counseling
(503) 459-4400
516 SE Morrison St Suite 830
Portland, OR
 
Children First for Oregon
(503) 236-9754
1209 SE Belmont
Portland, OR
 
Ausubel Joan E Phd
(503) 525-0752
522 SW 5th Ave
Portland, OR
 
I Am One Tarot
(206) 718-2267
1306 SE 37th Ave
Portland, OR
 
Operation Hope - Banking on Our Future
(503) 796-5854
401 S.W. Fifth Avenue, 3rd Fl.
Portland, OR
 
Meghan Campbell MS Ed., NCC
(503) 327-4619
7 SE 30th Ave.
Portland, OR
 
Cascade AIDS Project
(503) 223-5907
620 S.W. Fifth Avenue, #300
Portland, OR
 
REACH Community Development, Inc.
(503) 231-0682
1135 S.E. Salmon
Portland, OR
 
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Poisoned Apples

When extra pounds and excess fat accumulate in your abdomen, it not only gives
you an unsightly tummy bulge but it also increases your risk of heart disease,
stroke and other serious health problems. The best ways to pare down that unhealthy
apple that is misshaping your middle? Intelligent eating, consistent exercise...
and effective stress relief.

By Lisa James

January 2007

Spare tire, love handles, beer belly: Whatever the nickname, an abdomen enlarged by excess fat used to be a mostly masculine phenomenon, just as a large derriere and heavy thighs were something mostly seen on women. But in a world that’s now experiencing an unsettling rise in obesity rates, one can see more and more women who carry most of their extra weight in the middle. And it’s that growth in mushrooming midsections—what’s now generally known as an apple shape, as opposed to the bottom-heavy pear shape—which is the most worrisome: Excess abdominal fat has been linked to a variety of chronic illnesses, including heart woes, cancer and diabetes. In fact, the rapid increase in diabetes “is one good indicator” of the increase in abdominal fat deposits, according to British nutrition expert Marilyn Glenville, PhD, author of Mastering Cortisol (Ulysses Press). “The other major worry is that people do not have to be overweight to have fat around the middle—we see youngsters with a ‘muffin top’ over the waistbands of their jeans.”

High-calorie diets coupled with low rates of physical activity have fueled the escalation in all kinds of obesity. But bulging bellies are also partly caused by high stress levels, and the link is a hormone known as cortisol.

How Stress Packs on the Pounds

Any potential hazard—a man-eating tiger, an aggressive oaf on the highway—can activate the stress response. The pituitary, the body’s master hormone controller, releases ACTH that travels to the adrenals, two glands atop the kidneys, which in turn pump cortisol and adrenaline into the bloodstream. Adrenaline creates the short-term effects of rapid heartbeat and expanded blood vessels, which lets you dodge either the tiger or the oaf. Cortisol, though, hangs in there for the long haul, affecting blood sugar, fat and protein metabolism to support a more extended fight-or-flight reaction.

If all sources of stress were straightforward, cortisol wouldn’t pose a problem—the threat would end and cortisol levels would return to normal. But because modern-day stressors are never-ending (the job, the house, the bills. . .you get the drift), cortisol can remain elevated for long periods of time. Because cortisol affects glucose levels, it can cause the carbohydrate cravings that draw you to candy, cake and cookies like a magnet. What’s more, cortisol tries to keep extra energy on hand (for response to the “threat”) by storing fat in an easily accessed spot—and your midsection, close to all your vital organs, will do quite nicely. This “toxic fat,” as Glenville calls it, spits out ...

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