Emotional eating ‘learned by children not inherited’

Source: BBC News

Children who eat more or less when stressed or upset have learned the behaviour rather than inherited it, a study suggests.

A study by University College London found home environment was the main cause of emotional eating.

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And this was due to parental behaviours including giving upset children their favourite food to soothe them.

But eating-disorder charity Beat says parents shouldn’t be blamed for children’s eating issues.

Emotional eating “indicates an unhealthy relationship to food”, said senior lead researcher Dr Clare Llewellyn.

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