Harsh Parenting and the Risk of Obesity

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.

Key Takeaways:

  • 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.”


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