Washington: Children who have suffered maltreatment are 36 percent likelier to be obese in adulthood, according to a new study.The findings come from the combined analysis of data from 190,285 individuals from 41 studies worldwide.In addition to the long-term mental health consequences of maltreatment, there is increasing evidence that child maltreatment may affect physical health.Dr Andrea Danese, child and adolescent psychiatrist from King`s College London`s Institute of Psychiatry and lead author of the study says: "We found that being maltreated as a child significantly increased the risk of obesity in adult life.In their meta-analysis, the authors were able to rule out specific factors which might explain the link - they found that childhood maltreatment was associated with adult obesity independently of the measures or definitions used for maltreatment or obesity, childhood or adult socio-economic status, current smoking, alcohol intake, or physical activity.
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