Study: overweight parents equal overweight children?

Obese parents - obese children? Study confirms connection
Children of overweight parents develop their own excessively high body weight significantly more often. In the case of obesity, the estimated proportion of family factors was even over 50 percent, according to a study by the University of Sussex in Great Britain.

The scientists had evaluated data from 100,000 adolescents aged 5 to 18 years and their parents. The subjects came from Great Britain, the USA, China, Indonesia, Spain and Mexico. Among other things, the subjects' body mass index (BMI) was determined in the course of the study. The normal body fat percentage in children and adolescents is constantly changing. Therefore, the weight is classified according to age and gender using standard value curves.

The analysis of the data showed that the higher the child's body weight, the greater the parental influence. This connection was proven across borders, although the nations differed greatly in their economic development, dietary patterns and the proportion of overweight people in the population. In a rather thin child, 10 percent of the BMI was due to the maternal and 10 percent to the paternal BMI, while in an obese child it was almost 30 percent per parent.

Obviously, obesity is passed on from generation to generation. There appears to be a clear correlation between family factors and body weight, the authors write in the journal Economics and Human Biology. It is not surprising that long-term weight loss is difficult to achieve in obese children. However, the development of obesity is a complex phenomenon. Parental influence is due to genetic factors, but also to family nutrition and lifestyle. These include, for example, sports activities and the time in front of the television or the computer. It has not yet been conclusively clarified whether the family environment or genetics are of greater importance in the development of obesity. Heike Kreutz, respectively

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