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Parents, Your Stress is Making Your Kids Fat!

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Hey parents, if you EVER doubted that it's your fault that your kid is fat, now there's even more proof that it is.

Mom and dad arguing and kids eating

Guest blogger Jayne: In the past, I've lambasted fat parents for inflicting their poor, lazy, disgusting, obesity-inducing eating habits on their children. Well, now I am happy to say that I have even more proof that parents are pretty much solely to blame (except in the small instances of genetic issues or illness) for their kids packing on the pounds.

According to a recent study, it's not only what you feed your pint-sized porkers that's the problem -- it's your family's stress level that may actually DOUBLE the chance of your children being obese.

The findings are from a Swedish study that compared 5- to 6-year-old kids living in high-stress and low-stress households.

"Families can probably deal with some stress or stressors, but not with several at a time," Felix-Sebastian Koch, a doctoral student from Linkping University, told Reuters Health.

When stress becomes too much for the family to handle, Koch said, "children are at higher risk to develop childhood obesity."

The study evaluated stress levels in 7443 Swedish families from the time their children were born until the children's current ages of 5-6 years old. 4.2 percent of the children were obese.

During the study period, parents reported various "stressors" from serious life events including family accident or illness, death, divorce, unemployment, or exposure to violence. They also reported stressors such as parenting difficulties or elationship issues; a lack of social support; and worries about children's health and development.

Koch's group defined high-stress families as those reporting stress in at least two of these four areas.

Is your stress level making your kid fat?


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7 comments so far | Post a comment now
Jane Doe January 23, 2009, 11:39 AM

How many surveys can we do on this? Except in cases of illness, obesity is caused by eating too much and excercising to little. There are many variations of that, but that’s it.

whizkidforte January 24, 2009, 11:54 AM

Mrs. Doe, there is more to obesity that overeating and underexercising - there’s a hormone called cortisol. If the family can control their stress by deep breathing and exercise, they can be more relaxed - and their kids would eventually lose weight.

whizkidforte January 24, 2009, 11:55 AM

Mrs. Doe, there is more to obesity that overeating and underexercising - there’s a hormone called cortisol. If the family can control their stress by deep breathing and exercise, they can be more relaxed - and their kids would eventually lose weight.

Roy89 October 22, 2009, 2:05 PM

They are haughty, foolishly vain, self-conceited, and stolid. ,

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leftrgght012 January 25, 2011, 5:13 AM

I think we need to bring more ideas for this purpose. Involvement of young people can be handy in this regard. I am happy to find a good post here. Thank you
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