Child Maltreatment’s Heavy Toll: What Do We Need to Know to Prevent Obesity After Abuse?

June 2014

An association between childhood maltreatment and later obesity has been observed in at least a dozen studies, but the fact that adults with abuse histories are at greater risk for obesity is not well–known among clinicians, and to date there are no “best practice” strategies to help children, adolescents, or adults with histories of abuse reduce their risk of obesity and related complications. Articulating the behavioral factors that put abused individuals at greater risk of obesity is a first step toward developing, testing, and disseminating effective obesity prevention and treatment strategies that can be targeted to individuals with abuse histories. Participants in this workshop propose to focus on obesogenic eating behaviors that might contribute to the abuse–obesity association.