Children of Thinner Parents are Three-times More Likely to be Thin
Written by Dr. Andrea Maxim, Naturopathic Doctor
Body mass index analysis of 7,000 families with up to two children showed a strong association between children’s body size in comparison to their parents. When both the parents were thinner, the chances the child would be this was 16.2% compared to 7.8% when the parents were in the upper level of normal. If the parents were overweight or obese, the percentages decreased to 5.3% and 2.5% respectively.
As parents it is important to set health standards for our children. Too often do I hear parents complain that their children are picky eaters or it’s too hard to motivate my children to be active. These are complaints that I empathize with but encourage my parents to remove the power of choice from the child and enforce health as the only option. Its either a healthy dinner or no dinner at all. No electronic games until the sun goes down. It will be difficult at first, and you may be faced with resistance, but the quality of life your child will gain from a week or two of disagreement far outweighs the alternative – chronic disease.
Health interventions need to happen with every family in some way. Dr. Maxim treats children, adults and entire families alike to help them achieve a healthy weight and a long-term therapeutic lifestyle. Do not hesitate to call for a 15min free consult and see if Naturopathic Medicine is a good fit for you.
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K. L. Whitaker, M. J. Jarvis, D. Boniface, J. Wardle. The Intergenerational Transmission of Thinness. Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, 2011; 165 (10): 900 DOI: 10.1001/archpediatrics.2011.147