Stress is an increasingly pressing issue in modern society, with chronic stress levels elevating in general, and even for teenagers, climbing to rival those of adults. One reason why stress is such a widespread problem is because it is so intricately entwined in our everyday lives. Thus, it is not a momentary problem that can be tackled at the surface. This is because stress is not only influenced by our environment; it is also affected by our genetics, diet, and early childhood experiences. Elissa Epel, PhD, who directs the Center of Aging, Metabolism and Emotion at the University of California, San Francisco, studies the adverse effects of chronic stress.
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