Monday, February 18, 2013

Stress Can Cause Obesity In Children

Teach children to always tolerate the stress is not only good for the health of his soul. Physically, the ability to manage stress can prevent children from becoming overweight. At least, that's what was revealed in the latest study. 

Research conducted at Pennsylvania State University and John Hopkins University revealed that children are easily stressed more at risk for overweight. The tendency to consume high-calorie foods tend to increase due to stress. 

"Our results suggest that some children who are at risk of becoming obese can be identified from the biological responses to stressors (causes of stress)," said Dr. Lori Francis who conducted the study as quoted by the Science Daily, Monday (18/2013). 

In his research, Prof. Francis observations of 43 children aged 5-9 years following their parents. The participants were exposed to situations that evoke stress, including speech and told to do math. 

Having considered stressful start, the participants examined saliva. From the examination of the saliva, the scientists observed and compared the levels of cortisol, which is known as the stress hormone because it is produced when the body is under stress. 

After that, participants are welcome to eat with the provisions of all people are free to choose the menu and portions will. The researchers then compared the results of saliva with observations on the menu and eating the participants. 

As a result, children who had higher levels of cortisol tend to eat foods with calorie content are also higher Lang. That is, the more easily the child is under stress, the risk for overeating and eventually become obese also increased.

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