Childhood obesity linked to presence of social stressors

Results from a new study published in the journal “Pediatrics” show that young children, especially girls, are at an increased risk of obesity when exposed to social stressors.

Young girls who are exposed to social stressors are at a greater risk of becoming obese by age five. Photo courtesy of Press TV.

The results showed that young girls with more than one stressor had significantly higher odds of obesity, and 17% of children were obese at age 5.

Data from more than 1,600 preschoolers was analyzed. The six stressors considered were depression in mothers, substance abuse by mothers, partner violence, unstable housing situations, lack of food and if the father was in jail.

Previous studies have been conducted that yield similar results.


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