The Washington Post has a great article on our bad habits and why it’s so hard to change them. Although this doesn’t directly deal with anxiety, it isn’t uncommon for those of us who live with chronic anxiety to also deal with overeating, drinking, smoking, and other bad habits. In addition, we also deal with stress at a much greater level than most people, and stress is a major contributing factor to poor health.

Here’s a snippet from the article:

We’re fat. We smoke. Drink too much. Don’t exercise enough. And our stress levels are off the charts.

We’re killing ourselves, and we know it. And yet we carry on — overeating, lighting up, slumping in front of the television and throwing back another beer — inspiring some of the greatest thinkers in the worlds of genomics, neuroscience, biochemistry and evolutionary psychology to ponder the Big Mac of medical questions:

Why is it so hard for people to change?

Read the rest.