If both parents are obese, a child has 12 times the risk of being obese compared to a child of two normal weight parents, according to a new study from the United Kingdom.
- Researchers from the University College London used data on 4432 families, who took part in an annual national health survey between 2001 and 2006.
- Fourteen percent of children who had one obese parent were also obese.
- The risk was slightly higher if the mother was the parent who was overweight.
- Only 2% of the children of parents who were both normal-weight suffered from obesity, compared to 22% of children whose parents were both obese.
- Among families in which both parents were severely obese, 35% of the children were too.
This study appears in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
Posted By: Jane St. Clair