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A Normal-Weight Young Person Who “Feels” Fat May Grow Up To Be Obese

August 8, 2012: 12:00 AM EST
Researchers in Norway have determined from a long-term study of 1,196 normal-weight teenaged boys and girls that teens who perceive themselves as fat are more likely to grow up overweight or obese. The researcher suggested that one reason for this finding may be psychosocial stress that has been associated with gaining weight around the waist. The stress related to having (or not having) an ideal body type, along with thinking of oneself as fat, can result in weight gain. Another reason? Young people who see themselves as fat often change their eating habits by skipping meals. But dropping breakfast has been shown to lead to obesity.
Koenraad Cuypers et al., "Being Normal Weight but Feeling Overweight in Adolescence May Affect Weight Development into Young Adulthood", Journal of Obesity, August 08, 2012, © Koenraad Cuypers et al.
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