Child and Adolescent Abuse in Relation to Obesity in Adulthood: The Black Women’s Health Study
Boynton–Jarrett R et al. – Early life sexual and physical abuse was associated with an increased risk of overall and central obesity in adulthood. Although the association between abuse and obesity was explained to some extent by health behaviors, reproductive history, and mental health, these factors did not fully account for the associations. The data suggest that early life adversity is related to adult body size and weight distribution.