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Study: Kids overeat when they're stressed

from TIME

Next time you watch "Bambi" with your kids, you may want to hide the ice cream: A new study shows that 5-to-7-year-old children tend to eat more when they're sad. According to a new study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, kids are more likely to overeat when they are upset, especially if their parents have used food as a reward in the past. The study notes that stress eating is a learned and unnatural behavior, since stress and emotional turmoil usually reduce appetite, rather than increasing it. The fact that children were found to have stress eating tendencies at this age suggests that emotional overeating is something children learn in early childhood, perhaps because of the way their parents feed them. more


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