Divorce likely to put weight on children, study finds

Children whose parents are divorced are more likely to get fat than those whose parents stay together, say researchers.


The weight gain is particularly marked in children whose parents divorce before they are six, the study found.


Researchers from the London School of Economics and Political Science analysed data on 7,574 children born between 2000 and 2002.


The authors say their findings back calls for better health support for families going through a break-up.


The paper suggests a range of reasons why children might put on weight after a divorce, both economic and non-economic.