The young children of moms abused by their partners are at increased risk of being obese, a new study from Massachusetts finds.
The more often the abuse occurs, the higher the risk that pre-school children, especially girls, will be obese and, as a result, at increased risk of developing diabetes, heart disease, cancer and other illnesses later in life, the study team notes.
Boynton-Jarrett and colleagues studied 1,595 children born between 1998 and 2000. The children's mothers were interviewed when the children were born and up until they reached age 5. The children's height and weight was measured at age three and five. Most of the children were born to unmarried parents.