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Children lose more weight when paired with the opposite sex parent
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When overweight children were paired with their opposite sex parent they lost more weight than when they were paired with their same sex parent according to a study from researchers at the University of Buffalo in Buffalo, New York. Daughter’s Weight Loss
When paired with their mothers, daughters lost about 6 lbs vs 8 lbs with fathers
After six months, daughters paired with mother to lose weight reduced their body mass index (BMI) by roughly 1.3 unit.
This would be roughly 6 pounds for an 8- to 12-year-old girl.
When paired with their fathers, daughters lost roughly 8 pounds
However, when daughters were paired with their fathers, the daughters reduced their BMI by roughly 1.7 units.
This would be roughly 8 pounds for an 8- to 12-year-old girl.
Son’s Weight Loss
When paired with their fathers, sons lost about 5 lbs vs 8 lbs with their mother
After six months, sons paired with father to lose weight reduced their body mass index (BMI) by roughly 1.1 unit.
This would be roughly 5 pounds for an 8- to 12-year-old boy.
When paired with their mothers, sons lost about 8 pounds
However, when sons were paired with their mothers, the sons reduced their BMI by roughly 1.7 units.
This would be roughly 8 pounds for an 8- to 12-year-old boy.
Parent’s Weight Loss
The opposite sex parent lost a couple more pounds
When the opposite sex parent was pair with their child, the parent also tended to lose a couple more pounds than when they were paired with the child of the same sex.
164 Families, children 8- to 12-years-old
The study involved 164 families with children who were 8- to 12-years-old.
Overweight children lose more weight when their parents are involved
“Several studies have demonstrated that parental involvement significantly improves treatment outcome and parental weight change and parental activity are significant predictors of child weight change and activity,” the authors note.
Parents who overeat influence children to overeat
“Parents who are obese are more likely to be disinhibited eaters,” the paper continues. “Parents who display high levels of disinhibited eating, especially when coupled with high dietary restraint, may foster the development of excess body fat in their children and may make weight loss more difficult.”
Parents who encourage children to eat may increase likelihood of children becoming overweight
“Parental prompts to eat and attitudes about eating influence children’s eating behavior and the development of obesity,” the researchers also note.
Parents behavior affects children’s obesity treatment
“Parental behavior also influences [obesity] treatment efficacy.”
Parents’ eating habits
Parents who reduce consumption and lose weight influence children
“Reductions in maternal [mother’s] caloric consumption and parental BMI are associated with weight loss in obese children.”
Parents strongly influence children
The results were the opposite of what the researchers expected.
They thought that the same sex parent would have more of an influence than the opposite sex parent based on research showing that “daughters are more influenced by their mother’s concern about their weight status as compared to father’s,” and “Mothers’ dietary disinhibition has also been shown to be an independent predictor of daughters’ overweight.”
However, they found the opposite to be true. The opposite sex parent caused greater weight loss.
Same sex parent may have more conflicts with children than opposite sex parent
The researcher suggested that this might be due to greater conflicts with the same sex parent, especially with daughters and mothers.
Daughters attending separate weight loss sessions from their mother lost more weight
They noted that one study found that daughters lost more weight when they attended separate weight loss sessions than their mothers.
Parents strongly influence children
I’ll say the obvious. Parents strongly influence their children whether your children seem to listening or not.
If you want your child to lose weight, help them, encourage them, praise them, love them, and set a good example for them.
Temple JL, Wrotniak B, Paluch RA, Roemmich J, Epstein LH. Relationship between sex of parent and child on weight loss and maintenance in a family-based obesity treatment program. Int J Obes (Lond). 2006 Feb 21.
J. L. Temple
Department of Pediatrics
Division of Behavioral Medicine
University at Buffalo, SUNY
3435 Main St, G56
Buffalo, NY, 14214 USA
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On Apr 07, 2006 at 5:42 am Randy Smith, MD wrote:
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Fascinating study ? unexpected result.
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