Study: Obese children have more stress

We're all heard how obesity can affect a child's health now, and in the future.

But researchers say the psychological effects might be just as devastating.

New information reported in a Stress in America survey finds overweight and obese kids feel more stress than their normal-weight peers and that stress may have a lasting health impact.

Researchers surveyed more than 1,100 kids ages 8 to 17. Overweight and obese kids reported more health problems that signal stress.

For instance, almost half reported sleep problems, compared with 33 percent of normal weight kids.

43 percent experienced headaches versus 28 percent of normal weight kids.

Overweight children were also more likely to report eating or napping
when stressed. Stressed out normal weight kids reported more healthy activities, such as playing sports.

Would you recognize stress in your child?

Negative behavior changes, such as no longer wanting to do activities they used to enjoy, sleeping or eating too much or too little or increased complaining.

Another sign is wanting to stay home sick from school. Stress can appear as stomach aches and headaches.

If you think your child may be suffering from stress, talk to their pediatrician.

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