A link between childhood obesity and divorce may have been discovered in Norway. A group of researchers analyzed health data offered by school nurses about 1,000 kinds in third grade. 127 schools were covered.
Around 1 fifth of all kids were obese or overweight. A tenth was centrally or abdominally obese. This means that waist circumference is longer than 50% of their height.
Although the stats are worrying, a bigger problem was noticed in the fact that girls and boys that were growing up in a house with divorced parents were 50% more likely to be obese. In addition, the likelihood of becoming abdominally obese was 90% higher.
The likelihood for boys to have unhealthy weight was 64% higher than boys that had married parents. Stats go up to 104% more with abdominal obesity.
According to Dr. Anna Biehl, Norwegian Institute of Public Health epidemiologist:
“We wanted to understand how ongoing changes in society and in children’s daily lives can be related to the development of overweight and obesity.
Since 1975, the number of divorces has increased and a greater proportion of children today are living for much of their childhood with divorced parents. Knowledge about this is important for preventive work.”
At this point the study is highlighting just speculations, with some specialists saying that the real reason for the development of obesity is poverty, which also leads to an increase in divorce rate.