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Overweight children lose more weight when the father increases accetance
Tuesday, November 15, 2005 7:01 am Email this article
A father's acceptance affects how much weight an overweight child will lose according to a new study from Leonard H. Epstein in the Department of Pediatrics in the School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the State University of New York at Buffalo. WEIGHT LOSS AFTER 6 MONTHS
6 Months Weight Loss: Accepting fathers vs less accepting fathers: 20% of overweight vs 15%
After six months of behavioral family-based pediatric obesity treatment, overweight children who perceived that their father had increased acceptance of them, decreased their overweight by 19.8 percent compared to 14.6 percent for children who perceived a decreased acceptance from their fathers.
WEIGHT LOSS AFTER 1 YEAR
One Year Weight Loss: Accepting fathers vs less accepting fathers: 17% of overweight vs 8%
There was even a larger differnce after one year.
After one year, children with fathers showing increased acceptance had decreased the amount they were overweight by 17.4 percent compared to 8.1 percent for those with fathers showing decreased acceptance.
Subjects: 50 obese children
The study involved 50 obese children who participated in a behavioral family-based pediatric obesity treatment.
Stein RI, Epstein LH, Raynor HA, Kilanowski CK, Paluch RA. The influence of parenting change on pediatric weight control. Obes Res. 2005 Oct, 13(5):1749-55.
AUTHOR’S CONTACT INFORMATION
Leonard H. Epstein
Department of Pediatrics
School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
State University of New York at Buffalo
Farber Hall, Room G56
3435 Main Street, Building 26
Buffalo, NY 14214-3000
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