Childhood Stress May Explain Your Adult Weight Gain

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Could your childhood play a role in how quickly you gain weight? The answer is yes, according to a new study conducted by Michigan State University (MSU) and published in the journal Social Science and Medicine.

Researchers at MSU analyzed data from nearly 4,000 people who participated in the Americans’ Changing Survey. The individuals were asked a series of questions over a period of 15 years. What they found was that women who experienced high levels of stress, such as financial hardship and the divorce of their parents before the age of 16 gained weight faster as adults compared to women who didn’t. Interesting enough, this was only the case for women. Go figure, right?