Growing Up in Rough Neighborhoods Increases Children's Risk of Obesity as Adults

According to a new research conducted by Steven Alvarado, assistant professor of sociology in Cornell, children who grow up in more difficult neighborhoods have a higher probability of experiencing obesity when they become adults.

“Growing up in a disadvantaged neighborhood sticks with you, and can have a negative impact on one’s health through increasing one’s chance of obesity in adulthood,” Alvarado said. 
Among respondents followed in the data across different age ranges, that chance is 13% greater among children up to age 10 who live in disadvantaged neighborhoods, and 29% higher for kids aged 11 to 18, according to Alvarado’s analysis. Overall, the odds rose 31%.

But why is this the case? What factors contribute to the connection between obesity and the environment in which one grew up? To find out more, check out the article on Cornell.

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