Parents who are aggressive, self-centered and aggressive can raise children who become physically unhealthy adults. The presence of a caring parent does not negate these problems. A chronic stressful environment can have effects that last decades in brain development. These lasting effects can lead to poor eating habits developed during childhood that can progress into adulthood.
- Harsh parenting can lead to obesity
- A counterpart to the harsh parent, i.e., a “non-harsh” parent, may not be able to prevent later adverse effects
- Harsh parenting can lead to poor physical health overall
“Harsh parenting may increase a child’s risk for poor physical health and obesity as they get older.”