06/09/2010 // US // TiffNews10 // News Desk
U.S. – A new study suggests children of women who were victims of abuse have an increased risk of becoming obese. As reported by HealthDay News, the study on approximately 1,600 children, showed that children in this circumstance had a higher risk of becoming significantly overweight by age five.
Dr. Renee Boynton-Jarrett, of the Boston University School of Medicine, and colleagues, are quoted in the report as writing of their findings, “Medical and public health practitioners must consider the impact of family violence on obesity risk when designing and implementing primary obesity prevention interventions…Interventions to prevent intimate partner violence, particularly those aimed at educating adolescents about healthy relationships prior to childbearing, may play a crucial role in prevention of early childhood obesity.”
More information about the study may be available in the June publication of the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine journal.
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