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Mommy Monday: New study sheds new light on obesity

Children who have difficult experiences in childhood more likely to be obese (Photo: SBGTV).

People who experience unpredictable childhoods -- issues such as divorce, crime or frequent moves-- face a higher risk of becoming obese as adults according to a new study by a Florida State University researcher -- and tonight's Mommy Monday.

Professor of Psychology Jon Maner found that people who had an unpredictable childhood tended to overeat, while those who experienced a stable childhood did not.

The idea is that if you don't know where the next meal is coming from, it would make sense to eat what you can now.

Past research shows a clear link between low socioeconomic status and obesity, but those studies have not clearly identified the root causes of the problem.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention more than 1/3 of American adults and 17 percent of children, ages 2-19, are obese.

The CDC calls obesity a serious, costly problem that causes heart disease, stroke, cancer, liver disease, type 2 diabetes and other health issues.

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