Parents key in eating habits of children

August 24, 2005 in Healthy Eating, Nutrition Topics in the News

Parents key in eating habits of children

According to recent study findings, kids whose parents do not discourage poor eating habits and sedentary activities are significantly more likely to become overweight and obese when they are adults. These findings are based on a review of information collected from over 6000 children between the ages of 12 and 19.

The study also found that children who were very close with their parents were more likely to become overweight in adulthood. This suggests that these children may be dealing with a lot of emotional upset when they leave home, causing them to overeat. Alternatively, children who are close with their parents may model themselves after parents with poor eating habits. In addition, children who were not encouraged to eat breakfast were more likely to become obese or overweight as adults.

Overall, researchers say the bottom line is for parents to encourage healthy eating practices and plenty of physical activity for their children to establish healthy lifestyle choices later in life.

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