According to Chron.com, in a recent study from UTHealth, children that have low self esteem are more likely to suffer from obesity in the future.
“Doctors surveyed 4,175 youth in Houston, then followed up a year a later. They found that kids who considered themselves overweight, regardless of their actual weight, after a year were two to three times more likely to be obese. The study upends widely-held assumptions that obesity in children causes depression, said lead author Dr. Robert Roberts at the UTHealth regional campus in San Antonio, suggesting instead that depression causes obesity.”
Dr. Roberts also thinks that ,”if people already perceive themselves as overweight, they probably won’t practice healthy habits in terms of exercise, eating and sleeping.”
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