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Family Stress May Raise Obesity Risk in Children

Living in a stressful household may raise obesity risk among children, according to a study on families in Sweden. It found that children aged 5-6 years living in stressful households had the twice the risk of obesity, as compared to those in low stress households.

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The family stressors were a number of various factors- ranging from parenting difficulties, spouse relationship issues, lack of social support to other life events such as family accidents, illnesses, death, divorce, unemployment and exposure to violence, as reported by Reuters Health.

In India, regardless of these factors, we are seeing more cases of childhood obesity. Its important for parents to ensure that kids get enough physical activity and don’t over consume junk food. The Indian diet is high in carbohydrates, and as we move up the financial order of society, so does the consumption of unhealthy food in our diet.

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