This week, The Exchange will play the five best shows of 2014, as voted by you. Here's a July program on stress: From major challenges like chronic illness or financial problems to minor annoyances like traffic jams or inconsiderate neighbors, stress affects us all. For some, it can be overwhelming, while others find ways to cope and even use it to their advantage. In connection with the NPR series on this topic, we’re exploring the latest thinking on stress.
This program was originally broadcast on July 17, 2014.
Research from the University of Miami provides an alternative to commonly held beliefs on why we are drawn to high calorie foods and insight into the continued popularity of high fat food since the great recession. Stress, not piggishness, may trigger the choice of the double cheeseburger instead of the grilled chicken salad. We talk to Tony Salerno, a PhD candidate and co-author of the paper “Life-History Strategy, Food Choice, and Caloric Consumption” to get the skinny on the link between stress and food choices.
Today’s frantic, always 'on' lifestyle have you feeling anxious? Pop a pill! Prescriptions for benzodiazepines like Xanax, Ativan, Klonopin and Valium have risen 17% since 2006 to nearly 94 million each year. An increasing number of Americans have no qualms about taking a cheap and effective benzo before a high-stakes meeting, or when facing a loaded “to-do” list.