Study Links Obesity to Child Abuse in Black Women
According to the study, severe physical and s****l abuse during childhood or the teen years predicted a 29 percent higher risk of obesity in black women. The study was led by Dr. Renée Boynton-Jarrett of Boston University.
“Our findings suggest that efforts to prevent child abuse have implications for current and future health,” Boynton-Jarrett and colleagues said in the study. “Moreover, for survivors of abuse, behavioral patterns associated with cardiovascular risk may emerge in childhood and require tailored interventions that address trauma history in addition to modification of health behaviors.”
The study included 33,298 women. Nearly 58 percent of the women reported at least one instance of s****l or physical assault or witnessed violence by age 18.
The abuse was separated into three categories: mild, moderate and severe. Mild abuse was defined as one or two instances of physical abuse and no s****l abuse. Eighteen percent of women reported this type of abuse. Moderate abuse was defined as several instances of physical abuse and one to three reports of s****l abuse. Most women, according to the study, fell in this category. Eleven percent fell into the severe abuse category which was defined as six or more episodes of physical abuse or s****l abuse four or more times.
The likelihood of obesity as an adult climbed with increasing severity of abuse.
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