Could Your Child Be Stressed?

Your young child can be more stressed than you think.  A new survey from the American Psychological Association reveals that kids as young as 8 are experiencing stress as a result of their parents’ stress.  For kids ages 8-12 with stressed parents, the survey showed that 47% feel sad, 36% feel worried, and 25% feel frustrated. 

In particular, overweight and obese children reported feeling more stress because of their parents than children with average weight.  As a result, the obese and overweight children experienced negative emotional and physical affects that included eating more, having trouble sleeping, getting headaches, and fighting with others. 

Parents seem unaware of their children’s stress.  The survey also discovered 69% of parents believed their stress didn’t impact the children, but 91% of children reported otherwise.  Also, children were less likely to reach out to their parents to talk about the stress or to maintain their health by eating well or exercising.

In order for families to continue growing closer, healthy changes need to be made to improve physical, emotional, and mental health.

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