Great Recession Linked to Weight Gain in Kids

FRIDAY, June 10, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A new study links unemployment during the recent Great Recession with weight gain in children.

"This study tells a dramatic story about the negative and lasting health effects of an economic shock like the Great Recession, effects that have not been fully understood," said study leader Vanessa Oddo. She is a doctoral candidate in human nutrition at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore.

"Childhood obesity is one of the biggest public health concerns of our time. And since it's not easy to lose weight once it is gained, this period of economic hardship could have consequences that last long into adulthood," Oddo said in a Hopkins news release.

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