Health Implications of Toxic Stress

Right now, ACEs and toxic stress remain one of the greatest public health crises of our lifetime. Toxic stress not only affects a person’s mental health, but their physical health as well. Chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes and hypertension can be lifelong consequences of exposure to ACEs in childhood. In fact, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, ACEs contribute to negative physical health outcomes in 60% of adults (1).

National data shows that children who are exposed to 4 or more ACEs are twice as likely to develop asthma and are also more likely to experience hormonal effects that lead to changes in puberty, growth failure and/or obesity. 

The following website shows child public health data in the US: Data Resource Center for Child & Adolescent Health