A recent study has found there to be a significant link between a family history of alcoholism and addiction and a person’s risk of becoming obese. For more information on this study and what it has shown to mean for the health of Americans, keep on reading after the jump.


Washington University recently published a study that examined the addiction and think link between other conditions in America and found that people with parents or other family members who suffered from alcoholism were much more likely to become obese than those who did not.

The study, called Emerging Link Between Alcoholism Risk and Obesity in the United States, was published in the Archives of General Psychiatry on December 30th and compared two studies of 75,000 people; one conducted in the early 90s and then another that was done more than a decade later.

What the study found was that people who had a family history of addiction, especially alcoholism, we much more likely to become obese than those who did not have alcoholic family members. Researchers believe the link lies in the predisposition to addiction.

Since people who have been exposed to alcoholism know the dangerous and devastating consequences of the condition, they tend to avoid alcohol. However, since the addictive behavior has still be inherited, they often turn to high calorie foods and develop and eating addiction.

This is a much greater problem than it was 20 years ago due to the fact that modern foods have much more sugar and fat in them than they did in the 80s. In fact, only 15% of the US population was considered obese in the 80s. Since then, that number has doubled to more than 30%.

Surprisingly, the study also showed that women were much more likely than men to become obese when they had a history of alcoholism in their families. The study showed that these women were 49% more likely to become obese than women who did not have alcoholism in their families.

What do you think of the study that shows the link between a family history of alcoholism and the risk of becoming obese? Does it make sense to you that avoiding one addiction can lead to another if that behavior runs in your family? Let us know what you think by leaving us comments, and be sure to check out this video on alcoholism below.