Poor Attachment is Associated with Adolescent Obesity

posted 5 Apr 2012, 02:10 by Damian Wood   [ updated 13 Oct 2012, 11:07 ]
Data from the US Study of Early Child Care and Youth Development published by Anderson et al in Pediatrics Vol. 129 No. 1 January 1, 2012 pp. 132 -140 (doi: 10.1542/peds.2011-0972) has shown that after adjustment for gender and birthweight the risk of adolescent obesity was around 2.5 times greater in those with observed poor quality maternal child attachment at 1, 2 and 3 years of age. This raises questions about whether to include obesity as an outcome measure for trials of interventions aimed at improving early maternal-child attachment and also about the biological, neurodevelopmental and behavioural causes of adolescent obesity.