HHP faculty Dr. Daphne Hernandez's research on the impact of stress factors at home on childhood obesity rates was recently featured by Time Magazine. The article titled "Unhappy Families Can Make Daughters Fat" was published in the April 2015 issue of the magazine. Dr. Hernandez's research was first published in the journal Preventive Medicine under the title "Gender disparities among the association between cumulative family-level stress & adolescent weight status".
The study looks at at three family stressors: family disruption and conflict, financial stress and maternal poor health. After analysing data from 4,762 adolescents between 1975-1990, the results showed clear gender differences. In adolescent girls, experiencing family disruption and financial stress repeatedly was linked to being overweight or obese by age 18. For adolescent boys, one stress point - poor maternal health was linked to obesity.
Dr. Daphne Hernandez
Below is a excerpt from the article:
Read the entire article on the Time Magazine website