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Obese Parents More Likely to Have Obese Children

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.
 

Labels: parenting, genetics

Posted By: Jane St. Clair

Comments:

Chelsea on 1/17/2011
Yep, this is true. Many studies have shown similar info. Sometimes an entire family needs to intervene on itself and learn to eat healthy and deal with any reasons they are NOT doing so.