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Lola Rovati @Lolarovati

Childhood obesity is the main concern of parents related to the feeding of children, and it is completely sensible if we consider that 22% of Spanish children between 3 and 12 years old are overweight.

There are many factors that predispose her, both genetic and environmental, but according to a study carried out in Sweden, family stress favors children to develop childhood obesity .

Researchers at Linkping University evaluated the level of stress in 7, 443 families since their children were born until 5 or 6 years old and found that in families with a high level of stress, children were twice as likely to be obese as what they lived in more relaxed homes.

The reasons for stress were situations that are experienced in many families today. Some more serious such as accidents, illnesses, deaths, divorces, unemployment or violence, but also others derived from everyday problems such as the care of the children or the couple, lack of social support or concern for the health and development of children.

They have shown that an adverse environment in key years for the development of the child promotes childhood obesity. Taking into account that one third of Spanish children live in stressed families, this may be one of the keys to understanding the growing number of overweight children.

Sometimes we do not stop to think to what extent our frantic way of life, the lack of time to dedicate or not being able to deal with the setbacks of life can affect the health of children.

Via | Reuters In Babies and more | Parents concerned about childhood obesity, Childhood obesity, physical weight and psychological suffering, Intelligent therapy against childhood obesity