London: Children, whose parents are divorced or not married but living together, are at a higher risk of obesity, a study has found.
"The emotional fallout of a divorce and resulting stress generated by disruptions in the parent-child relationship, ongoing conflict between the exes, moving home and the need to create new social networks, might also explain the findings," the authors suggested.
The researchers based their findings on a nationally representative sample of more than 3,000 children attending 127 schools across Norway.
All the children were part of the national 2010 Norwegian Child Growth Study.
Around 19 percent children were overweight or obese according to the International Obesity Task Force (IOTF) definition.