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Parents' stress linked to kids' weight

Written by: QMI Agency
Dec. 9, 2013

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Not only does stress increase your likelihood of putting on weight, but it may impact your children too.

A new study out of St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto suggests parental stress is linked to weight gain in children.

"Childhood is a time when we develop inter-connected habits related to how we deal with stress, how we eat and how active we are," Dr. Ketan Shankardass said in a press release. "It's a time when we might be doing irreversible damage or damage that is very hard to change later."

The study, published in the journal Pediatric Obesity, found that parents with high stress levels have a body mass index about 2% higher than low-stress parents.

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Children whose parents have high levels of stress, meanwhile, gained weight at a 7% higher rate than other kids.

The results are from the Children's Health Study, which measured children's BMIs annually and had parents fill out health questionnaires.

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