According to a new Iowa State University study, a mother’s stress may contribute to her young children being overweight in low income households with sufficient food.

According to a new Iowa State University study published in the September issue of Pediatrics, a mother’s stress may contribute to her young children being overweight in low income households with sufficient food. Researchers found that in households with no maternal stress, low-income children in food secure households had a 33.0 percent probability of being overweight, while those in food insecure households had a 34.8 percent probability.  “If we can reduce mom’s stress, whether it be mental health or financial issues, the direct effect on mom is helping her, and that’s good,” said researcher and Iowa State faculty member Steve Garasky, a professor of human development and family studies. “But we can also hope to see indirect effects on other household members and children. For example, their reduced probability of becoming obese is another benefit to helping mom.” Read the full article >>