Traumatic Childhood Might Lead To Obese Adulthood

Eric A. Dedert, Ph.D., research psychologist, North Carolina Veterans Affairs Medical Center, found out that trauma in the childhood can be a potential risk factor for obesity when the child grows up. Most of the studies show that lack of physical activity and poor diet are the main causes of obesity. The new study throws light on one more important factor responsible for obesity; namely; a traumatic childhood.


Dr. Dedert studied about 148 adult women for this research. Out of these women about 80% had depression, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder or both. About half of the participants experienced sexual or/and physical abuse during their childhood. Women who were abused as children were at a higher risk of experiencing depression and PTSD. They also face a higher risk of becoming overweight or obese in adulthood.

The study also says that much depends upon how a person responds to the trauma. The situation can be avoided by early treatment. The study is published in the Journal of Traumatic Stress.

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