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Childhood Emotional Problems Can Lead To Adult Weight Issues

Posted Sep 11 2009 12:00am

An interesting study done in the UK suggests that childhood emotional and psychological issues can lead to adult obesity. A twenty year study followed about 6,500 people from when they were 10 years old. At that time,  their emotional problems, self-perceptions and BMI were assessed. The participants were assessed again 20 years later, when they reached the age of 30.

The results showed that participants who scored low on self-esteem, felt less in control of their lives, and who worried more often as children, were the ones most likely to gain weight as adults 20 years later. The effect was stronger in women than men. The lack of control in life is shown to cause more stress eating and intake of higher calorie/high fat foods. Experts are recommending more intervention with children to reduce the worry and psychological issues to prevent the weight gain, and the growing obesity epidemic in Western countries.

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