Is obesity linked to childhood abuse?
Researchers from Boston University have found connections between obesity and childhood abuse. Evidence points towards eating as a coping mechanism for past abuse. In addition disruption to metabolic and hormonal levels that occur as a factor of abuse may be to blame.
The study focussed on the black female population in America. More than 33,000 women between the year 1995 and 2005 reported childhood abuse experiences which were assessed in relation to a waist circumference greater than 35 inches and a BMI (body mass index, kg/m2).
The results offer the explanation that the risk of obesity was 30 percent greater for women in the highest classifications of sexual and physical abuse in 2005. Allowances for diet, exercise level, depressive symptoms and reproductive history were also made and acknowledged as perhaps playing a part in the onset of obesity as intermediary functions.