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Young children 'comfort eating to combat stress'

A new study has shown children as young as five years old could be comfort eating when they become anxious.

Reported by Daily Mail Health, research has been carried out in Belgium that highlights this worrying trend.

Bullying, rows with friends and siblings and issues like divorce were shown to be the key triggers for this behaviour, with sweet foods revealed to be ones such children will often turn to.

Report author Dr Nathalie Michels of Ghent University commented: "Parents and children should be made aware that stress can influence emotional eating behaviour, so they can pay attention to potential triggers and anticipate this behaviour."

Healthy eating should be part of every child's daily routine, while getting regular exercise will also help to ensure youngsters feeling stress do not become overweight as a result of their anxieties.

Anyone embarking on a new regimen of exercise might like to consider the benefits of oxygen equipment to keep their muscles well-fuelled.

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