Risk factors involved in the early onset and severity of childhood obesity

A family history of obesity, high blood pressure and lipid levels, type 2 diabetes and coronary heart disease should all be considered high risk factors for the severity and early onset of childhood obesity, reveals a new study. The study, which assessed these risk factors together from children’s parents, siblings and grandparents, also finds the most severely obese children — even the very young — show insulin resistance, which can lead to the development of type 2 diabetes.
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Resilience counteracts effects of childhood abuse and neglect on health

Researchers have determined that psychological resilience has a positive effect on health outcomes for people living with schizophrenia. This is the first study to quantitatively assess the effects of both childhood trauma and psychological resilience on health and metabolic function in people living with schizophrenia.
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Siblings' experiences in middle childhood predict differences in college graduation status

Graduating from college has significant implications for adults’ long-term success, including employment, family formation, and health. A new longitudinal study found that when siblings in middle childhood experienced less warmth in their relationships with each other, spent different amounts of time with their fathers, or thought their parents treated them unfairly relative to their siblings, they were more likely to differ in their college graduation status (i.e., graduating versus not graduating).
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