According to The Los Angeles Times, researchers at Boston University have just conducted their first study that compares obesity to childhood abuse in African-American women.
The study, which researchers say is an extended Black Women’s Health study that began in 1985, placed higher rates of obesity on women who where severely abused as children.
“In 2005, 33,298 women responded to questions about childhood physical or sexual abuse.” The Los Angeles Times reports. “Nearly 58% of the women reported at least one instance of abuse as a child or teen, and 11% reported severe physical or sexual abuse.”
This comes as no surprise, since childhood traumas often have a negative effect in adults, often leading to mental illness, alcoholism, drug-addiction, and other depressive symptoms.
To be a part of the study, get in contact with them at Boston University.