Posted on May 28th, 2007 in children, diet, eating habits, food, obesity, parents, research | No Comments »
In a recent study by Australian child health experts, they reported that the father was most responsible for having overweight children in the family.
Specifically, if a father was not involved in their children's lives, and/or didn't establish clear boundaries, they were more likely to have overweight children. Those fathers that did establish clear boundaries for their children overall had children with lower BMI (body mass index).
The study noted that this indicates a needed focus on the entire family, not just one or the other parent.
Additionally, it was noted that 40% of mothers and 60% of fathers of the overweight children were overweight themselves.
Read more from the study at News.com.au
This study shows how teaching children where to set boundaries in their lives, as well as being a good example are key components to healthy children. I see it in my daughter everyday. She watches me closely and wants to do and eat the way I do ... if I choose poorly, so will she. Big responsibility and I'm glad to have it to be able to share the benefits of healthy living with my daughter. Perhaps it will change her life and all those she touches throughout her life. Small actions, big impact.
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