Violence in the family is linked to children being more obese at the age of five compared to non-violent families. It is not the abuse that happens here and there, it is the chronic kind where it happens over and over. The children are 1.8 times more likely to be obese and this was found out after pushing out other possible causes such as depression and overweight parents. The place where the families live also has been shown to be a factor. Those who live in higher crime rate areas have a greater likely hood of this.
This is a tough thing to deal with when you are a kid. Where are you supposed to go and who are you supposed to communicate with when you have your mother being battered on a regular basis. It is not like you are going to go and ratt out your dad, he is your dad. This really puts innocent kids in a horrible and dentrimental position. One way for them to cope is to eat more and they also have more stress so they become obese. These kids that are forced into this without any choice on their own also have a greater likely hood of neuroendocrine system alterations, social problems and difficulty handling their emotions. They also have issues with their mental health and health overall. Bascially it just causes difficulties for the children that is beyond what most think.
It is one thing when you choose to be around abuse, but when you are a child and it is forced upon you this is not alright. If it was then there would not be all of these morbid and horrible things that happen to the children. Maybe we can make a real difference in the lives of these helpless kids if we could get support for the chronically abused mothers. Maybe work on givingthem an option rather than having to stay in the relationship and cause harm to the kids.