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Adolescents With Stress Are More Likely To Be Overweight/Obese

Posted May 19 2009 12:00am

A new Iowa State University six-year study reports that increased stress in adolescents is associated with a greater likelihood of them being overweight or obese. Adolescents or youths who are more stressed by poor grades, family issues, mental health problems, more aggressive behavior, or doing more drugs and alcohol are more likely to be overweight or obese. It is not determined whether the obesity comes first and leads to stress or the stress leads to obesity. It is known that stressed adolescents engage in less physical activity and do overeat. The study also found that a mother’s stress, coupled with food insecurity in the household, a situation in which an individual cannot access enough food to sustain active, healthy living, contributes to a child’s chances of becoming overweight or obese. With the increase in childhood obesity is important to determine the cause so children can get help.

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