Study: Obese children may have more stress

Posted at: 12/20/2013 5:40 PM
Updated at: 12/20/2013 5:42 PM
By: WNYT Staff

A study finds obese children appear to have higher levels of a stress hormone.

Dutch researchers conducted a hair analysis to measure levels of cortisol, a hormone naturally produced when we're stressed.

The concentrations found in scalp hair indicates a person's cortisol production over the past month.

They found obese children - even as young as eight-years-old, had elevated cortisol levels compared to children who were not overweight.

Now, experts will try to determine if obese children are under more stress or if their bodies handle stress hormones, differently.

This study is published in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism.