The cycle of violence throughout the life-span: Prevalence and relationship of pregnancy obesity and childhood traumatic experiences (Prof. Dr. phil. Birgit Wagner, completed)

Adverse childhood experiences, such as sexual, physical and emotional abuse, are highly prevalent in the general population. Many studies show an association between obesity and traumatic childhood experiences. Yet, obese women were barely examined in this context. Although the development of obesity depends on different individual, environmental and genetic factors the experience of adverse childhood events can be a pivotal moment. Emotional eating behavior and a negative body image due to the abuse experience can contribute the emerging and maintaining of obesity and can foil attempts of loosing weight. This study examines in obese pregnant woman a background of abuse and its influence on eating behavior. Likewise, approaches for treatment are to be derived.


Duration: 01.11.2013 - 30.04.2015


Description of research project

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Head of project

Wagner, Birgit

Prof. Dr. Birgit Wagner

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+49 341 97- 18861

birgit [dot] wagner [at] medicalschool-berlin [dot] de