Social risk and obesity in children - 3
Narrator: This is NIH health matters, I’m Joe Balintfy. A new study that examines the family life of girls has linked early life stressors to childhood obesity. NIH’s Dr. Roslyn King says very young children are capable of recognizing and reacting to stressful situations.
King: I think this falls into this broader science that's developing right now that stressful situations impact kids. They get under their skin. And parents shouldn't think that kids don't know what's going on or at least aren't feeling something about what's going on.
Narrator: She recommends parents teach kids their own ways to cope. For more on the relationship between stress and childhood obesity, and this research, visit www.nichd.nih.gov. Health Matters is produced by the National Institutes of Health, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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