Fathers' Parenting Style Linked To Childhood Obesity

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Parenting and child obesity

Fathers may be more important than mothers in determining whether a child becomes overweight or obese, according to a ground-breaking new Australian study by the Centre for Community Child Health at The Royal Children's Hospital ,Melbourne, and the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute.

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The study, which looked at nearly 5,000 4-5 year-olds and the relationship between their body mass index (BMI) status and the parenting styles of their mothers and fathers, will be presented at the Pediatric Academic Societies' annual meeting in Toronto between May 4 and 9.

The study found that fathers who had permissive (allowing children freedom without limits) or disengaged parenting styles were more likely to have heavier children.

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