Parenting Style Affects Childhood Obesity
the MPR take:
According to a study presented at the American Heart Association's Epidemiology & Prevention/Nutrion, Physical Activity & Metabolism Scientific Sessions, parents who are not emotionally responsive and are too strict with their children are more likely to have a child who ends up obese. Researchers evaluated a group of 37, 577 children aged 0–11 and found that children aged 2–5 who came from authoritarian households (strict, less affection/dialgue) had a 30% greater chance of becoming obese, while children aged 6–11 had a 37% higher chance. Poverty was also associated with childhood obesity, however regardless of income, parenting style affected obesity.
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