Mom's Depression Boosts Kids' Risk of Childhood Obesity

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Hi, I'm Dr. Altman. Most moms focus on their kids well being before their own, it comes with the territory. But here's an important time when you should take care of yourself first, when you're depressed. If you're experiencing any symptoms of depression such as persistent sadness, fatigue, insomnia, changes in your appetite or difficulty concentrating, see your doctor.

It's good for your kid's health as well as your own, here's why a recent study found that children who's moms suffer from depression are more likely to be overweight or obese, that's because a mom's depression has a big impact on her child's eating habits. Children who's moms are depressed tend to consume more sweetened drinks and eat more restaurant meals and they're less likely than other children to eat breakfast regularly that's no surprise and so mom who's depressed doesn't have the energy or patience to monitor her child's eating habits.

But the study's researchers suggests that treating maternal depression could be a key factor to prevent obesity in early childhood. So if you feel depressed, ask your doctor about treatment. It's just another way of taking care of your child's health starts with taking good care of yourself.

I'm Dr. Altman, for more ways to foster your whole family's good health, check out all our smart tips.