A recent study finds family stress linked to teen obesity.
Teens can be put at risk for being overweight or obese if there is family stress that impacts them.
More than 4,000 American teens born between the years 1975 and 1990 were the subjects of data coolected to be analyzed. The effects of three specific sourses of family stress were examined: financial problems, a mother’s poor health, and family disruption.
“Experiencing family stress — specifically family disruption and financial stress — repeatedly throughout childhood was associated with overweight or obesity by the time adolescent girls turned 18,” study author Daphne Hernandez, an assistant professor in the department of health and human performance at the University of Houston, said in a university news release.
The results were more pronounced for girls. Only one stresser – a mother’s poor health – was linked to obesity in boys by the time they turned 18.