Stress can be found everywhere, but when you think you think of stress, you might think of work, relationships and finances.
However, children can experience just as much as stress as adults... they typically just deal with it differently.
In a recent study, researchers from Michigan University looked at childhood stress and how it plays a major role in weight gain for women (and not so much men). They looked at a national survey where 3,617 participants were interviewed four times in a 15-year period.
Researchers measured reactions to a range of family-related stressors that occurred at the age of 16 or younger (divorce, economic hardship, a parent with a mental health problem, not knowing their father/mother, etc.).
Results showed that women who experienced high levels of stress in childhood gained weight faster than women who experienced little-to-no stress during childhood.
What can parents do to help ease stress in children, particularly young girls?
Dr. Hui Liu shares the findings of this recent study, as well as how you can prevent childhood stress and the resulting weight gain.