A recent study by Plymouth’s Peninsula Medical School found that obese mothers were 10 times more likely to have obese daughters. Obese fathers were 6 times more likely to have obese sons. An interesting finding was that children of the opposite sex were not affected. The researchers suggest that the increased obesity risk may be related to similar lifestyles rather than genetics.
This suggests the need to target parent’s eating and exercise habits in order to promote healthy lifestyles for adults and their children. We know children learn from their parents, this includes both good and bad habits. Parents need to become positive role models.
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