Looks like you’re on the UK site. Choose another location to see content specific to your location

Home Industry News Emotional difficulties linked to obesity

Emotional difficulties linked to obesity

11th September 2009

Children with emotional difficulties are at higher risk of obesity later in life, new research has claimed.

A study published in the journal BMC Medicine looked at data from around 6,500 members of the 1970 British Birth Cohort Study who, as ten-year-olds, had been assessed for emotional problems, self-perceptions and body mass index.

Researchers found that children with lower self-esteem were more likely to gain weight over the next 20 years.

The study also found that girls were slightly more affected by these factors than boys.

Andrew Ternouth, from King’s College London, said: “While we cannot say that childhood emotional problems cause obesity in later life, we can certainly say they play a role, along with factors such as parental BMI, diet and exercise.”

In the study, the authors recommend early intervention in helping children suffering from low self-esteem, anxiety or other emotional challenges to help improve their long-term physical health.

We currently have 5 jobs available in Pharmacy industry, find your perfect one now.

Stay informed

Receive the latest industry news, Tips
and straight to your inbox.