Is Weight Gain and Relationship With Mom Related?

A new study that was published in Pediatrics followed 977 children born in 1991 and enrolled in the Study of Early Child Care and Youth Development. The results found that toddlers who had a poor emotional bond with their mothers were twice as likely to become obese by age 15 compared to those who had “healthy” relationships. This concluded that the less secure the children’s early bond is with their mother, the greater chance of obesity.

The researchers suggest that there might be a relationship between teen obesity and early childhood experience which originated in the brain, in locations where regulated hormones influence emotion and stress response along with appetite, sleep-wake cycle, and other metabolic functions.

What do you think of this study?

Click here for the original article—courtesy of Times Heathland

2 thoughts on “Is Weight Gain and Relationship With Mom Related?

  1. amy January 16, 2012 / 7:55 am

    I don’t know whether the results of this study are credible but what immediately came to my mind after reading the article is the fact that many parents /including fathers/ are so busy today that they rarely find time to be with their children. They all too often neglect the fact that children need to interact and cooperate with others in order to develop healthy relationships later in life. The natural result then can really be the child’s inability to manage stress which may finally lead to problems such as obesity or other diseases. That’s why I visited as many baby-centers in Toronto as possible when my children were born. I discovered a number of funny ways to build a strong relationship and I always try to spend as much of my free time as possible with them to avoid similar problems in their adolescence.

    • Professional Medical January 16, 2012 / 12:46 pm

      Thank you for your comment Amy! I agree, every study we should take with a grain a salt, but it does give us some sort of insight. After reading your comment, I realize that many parents are so busy today and often would give their children fast food etc which could contribute to weight gain as well.

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