Body budget burden and health

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A note for Lesson no. 3, "Little Brains Wire Themselves to Their World," in Seven and a Half Lessons About the Brain by Lisa Feldman Barrett.
Some context from page 60 is:

This nontypical wiring imposes a pernicious burden on the body budget that accumulates over years, raising the odds of serious health problems later, such as heart disease, diabetes, and mood disorders like depression, all of which have metabolic underpinnings.

See these references.[1][2][3]


  1. Berens, Anne E., Sarah K. G. Jensen and Charles A. Nelson. 2017. “Biological Embedding of Childhood Adversity: From Physiological Mechanisms to Clinical Implications.” BMC Medicine 15: 135.
  2. Holt-Lunstad, Julianne. 2018. “Why Social Relationships Are Important For Physical Health: A Systems Approach to Understanding and Modifying Risk and Protection.” Annual Review of Psychology 69: 437–458.
  3. Slavich, George M. 2020. "Social Safety Theory: A Biologically Based Evolutionary Perspective on Life Stress, Health, and Behavior." Annual Review of Clinical Psychology 16: 19.1–19.31.