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Overweight Fathers Children

November 27, 2011 by staff 

Overweight Fathers Children, Wondering whether your toddler will battle with their weight in years to come? Have a look at dad’s waistline.

According to a new Australian study of more than 3,000 families by researchers at the University of Newcastle, 4-year-olds whose fathers were overweight or obese were at least four times more likely than other children to have weight problems themselves by the time they were eight.

On the other hand, an overweight or obese mother made little difference to the chances of her child developing their own weight problems.

“We know that when both parents are overweight or obese, their children are more likely to also be overweight or obese,” researcher Emily Freeman said. “This project investigated patterns in families and tracked children from ages 4 to 8, where only one parent was overweight or obese.”

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