Teen obesity may be linked to maternal relationship

December 26, 2011 1:37:05 PM PST
A new study shows the relationship between a mother and child can affect the child's risk of becoming obese as a teenager.

Researchers studied nationwide data documenting relationship characteristics between mothers and their toddlers. Their finding shows more than 25 percent of toddlers who had poor emotional attachments with their mothers were obese as teens. That's about double the rate of teens who reported strong emotional ties with their mothers.

The study is published in this week's edition of Pediatrics.

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