Skipped meals in childhood linked to depression and chronic pain


Here is an interesting finding. According to a University of Nebraska-Lincoln study skipping meals as a child can be linked with adult depression and chronic pain. Science Daily states that “Bridget Goosby examines how childhood socioeconomic disadvantages and maternal depression increase the risk of major depression and chronic pain in working-aged adults”.

Goosby used data from the 2003 National Comorbidity Survey Replication to survey 4,339 adults ages 24 to 64 years old. Here are the findings she found:

  • People who experienced hunger in childhood had depression and chronic pain as adults.
  • Goosby also stated that if your mother experienced depression that the child as an adult would possibly experience depression.
  • If a parents had less than 12 years of education, those children as adults were more likely to experience depression and pain compared to those who had higher educated parents.

In conclusion, this study adds to the fact that things that happen in childhood can certainly affects what happens when a child is an adult.

See the original study here.



  1. Taylor Rios says:

    It makes sense to me. Eating regularly, especially healthy meals, ensures that kids are getting all the nutrients that they need for their bodies to function.

  2. Thanks for your comment Taylor! Makes sense to me too lol.

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