Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says stress is ‘making me lose weight’

The stress of working in Congress is taking a toll on Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez‘s health, she says.

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In an Instagram Stories appearance with Florida congresswoman Lois Frankel, the 29-year-old Washington, D.C. newcomer admits that “stress is making me lose weight.

The comment came after Frankel offered her tips for surviving as a freshman congresswoman. After schooling her on the importance of “good shoes” with rubber soles — as opposed to the “ridiculous” heels Ocasio-Cortez tends to wear — Frankel shared her second piece of advice.

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“You have to watch what you eat,” the 70-year-old Democrat said. “Because you can gain weight very quickly.”

But according to Ocasio-Cortez, she has the opposite problem.

“I need to gain weight,” she said. “The stress is making me lose weight.”

Frankel pressed on.

“I’m gonna tell you something,” the veteran politician responded. “When I was your age, I weighed the same that you do.”

Whether or not Ocasio-Cortez heeds Frankel’s advice is her business, but it’s undeniable that her new high-profile role has come with intense scrutiny and stress. Hours before she posted the videos with Frankel, the New York congresswoman tweeted about her and her peers receiving “a spike in death threats” over conservative coverage — citing a fundraising email that called her a “domestic terrorist.”

See more of the politician at this year’s SOTU: 

Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a Democrat from New York, speaks with colleagues during a State of the Union address by U.S. President Donald Trump, not pictured, to a joint session of Congress at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019. President Donald Trump cast his fight against illegal migration to the U.S. as a moral struggle, and charged in his second State of the Union address that partisan investigations threaten economic progress under his administration. Photographer: Aaron P. Bernstein/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Representative Nydia Velazquez, a Democrat of New York, from left, Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a Democrat of New York, and Representative Judy Chu, a Democrat of California, speak prior to a State of the Union address by U.S. President Donald Trump, not pictured, to a joint session of Congress at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019. President Donald Trump cast his fight against illegal migration to the U.S. as a moral struggle, and charged in his second State of the Union address that partisan investigations threaten economic progress under his administration. Photographer: Aaron P. Bernstein/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a Democrat from New York, smiles as U.S. President Donald Trump, not pictured, delivers a State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019. President Donald Trump cast his fight against illegal migration to the U.S. as a moral struggle, and charged in his second State of the Union address that partisan investigations threaten economic progress under his administration. Photographer: Al Drago/Bloomberg via Getty Images

UNITED STATES – FEBRUARY 05: First row from left, Reps. Nita Lowey, D-N.Y., Nydia Velazquez, D-N.Y., Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., Judy Chu, D-Calif., and Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., are seen in the House Chamber as President Donald Trump delivered his State of the Union address on Tuesday, February 5, 2019. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

UNITED STATES – FEBRUARY 05: First row from left, Reps. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., Sylvia Garcia, D-Texas, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Alma Adams, D-N.C., pose for a group photo of House Democrats in the Capitol Visitor Center, who plan to wear ‘suffragette white’ to the State of the Union address to show solidarity for women’s agendas on Tuesday, February 5, 2019. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

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