Childhood issues could be the reason people eat their feelings, says study 2 years ago

Childhood issues could be the reason people eat their feelings, says study

There are plenty of societal ills that our poor mums and dads get the blame for.

Now there could be one more to add to the list as a new study suggests that a person's parents could be behind their emotional eating.

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It found that parents who use food to soothe their kids' emotions are setting their children up for a lifetime of bad habits as they're more likely to become “emotional eaters” as adults.

Researchers looked at school-going Norwegian children and concluded that kids whose parents offered them food to soothe them at age 4 and 6 were more likely to emotionally eat at ages 8 and 10, reports Refinery29.

"Such behaviour can increase the risk for being overweight and developing eating disorders," commented Dr Silje Steinsbekk, one of the researchers on the study.

While a single study is not definitive proof, we're sure that most of us remember a time where we were given a treat to cheer us up or even keep us quiet so maybe there is some truth in the findings.