Kids face many challenges when their parents divorce and their struggles often include excessive weight gain. That's what a new study in Norway suggests.
Researchers from the Institute of Public Health in Oslo, used height, weight and waist circumference data from more than three-thousand eight-year-olds at 127 different schools across Norway. About one in five children overall were overweight. Overall, it was found that children whose parents were divorced were 54 per cent more likely to be overweight or obese when compared to children whose parents were still married. The link was even stronger in boys who were 63 per cent more likely to be overweight or obese if their parents had split up. However, the researchers say the study does not provide a basis for establishing cause and effect.