If you were spanked as a child, you're at an increased risk of heart disease, arthritis and being obese as an adult, according to a new study published in the Journal Pediatrics.

Children who were given physical punishments, but not abused physically or emotionally, are at increased risk for having cardiovascular disease, arthritis, and obesity in adulthood.

Compared to children who were not spanked, adults who were are 24% more likely to be obese, 35% more likely to have arthritis, and 28% more likely to have cardiovascular disease.

Researches believe physical punishments have lasting effects on children's health because physical punishment leads to higher stress levels, which may disrupt sleep patterns and weaken immune systems.

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