Learning Objective: Readers will gain a broader understanding of how cortisol is released during stress and its connection to visceral obesity.
Cortisol is a hormone that is crucial for the stress response but hypersecretion of cortisol may be associated with abdominal obesity and may lead to disease if unchecked.
Christine A. Maglione-Garves, B.S.Ed., is a Master's of Science student in exercise science at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque. Her current research interests are the detrimental effects of stress on physiological and psychological functioning. Her other research interests are in cardiovascular, endocrine, and exercise physiology.
Len Kravitz, Ph.D., is the program coordinator of exercise science and researcher at the University of New Mexico where he recently won the "Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award" (2004).
Suzanne M. Schneider, Ph.D., is an associate professor in exercise science at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque. Her current research interests include physiological responses to microgravity, thermoregulation, and effects of activity/inactivity on metabolic and cardiovascular control.
This paper is dedicated to Dr. Richard Mostardi, Dr. Daniel Ely, and Dr. Isabelle Stombaugh from the University of Akron as well as Dr. Paul Miko from the University of New Mexico.