Kids under chronic stress more likely to become obese.
Article Type: Brief article
Subject: Obesity (Risk factors)
Stress in children (Complications and side effects)
Child development (Psychological aspects)
Child development (Health aspects)
Pub Date: 03/22/2012
Publication: Name: Human Ecology Publisher: Cornell University, Human Ecology Audience: Academic Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health; Science and technology; Social sciences Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2012 Cornell University, Human Ecology ISSN: 1530-7069
Issue: Date: Spring, 2012 Source Volume: 40 Source Issue: 1
Geographic: Geographic Scope: United States Geographic Code: 1USA United States
Accession Number: 294821774
Full Text: A new study in Pediatrics by Gary Evans, the Elizabeth Lee Vincent Professor in the departments of Human Development and of Design and Environmental Analysis, suggested that ongoing stress makes it tougher for children to control their behavior and emotions. That, in turn, can lead to obesity by their teen years. "There's some evidence that parts of the brain that are vulnerable and sensitive to stress, particularly early in life, are some of the same parts involved in this self-regulatory behavior," Evans noted. While the study doesn't prove that a child's inability to delay gratification causes weight gain, there's strong evidence to suggest that it does, Evans added.
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