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Boys whose parents were overweight were 5.7 times more likely to be overweight at the age of 16
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Boys with parents who were overweight or obese both before pregnancy and after a 16-year follow-up were 5.7 times more likely to be overweight or obese at the age of 16 than children whose parents were not overweight or obese according to a recent study from Finland.
Subjects: 4788 child-mother-father trios (2325 boys, 2463 girls)
“The study population was derived from the general population-based Northern Finland Birth Cohort 1986,” according to the paper.
“A total of 4788 child-mother-father trios (2325 boys, 2463 girls) were analyzed.”
Conclusion: Helping parents maintain a healthy weight may help reduce the prevalence of overweight in their children
“Parental overweight conveys a major risk for overweight in children for which both parents’ long-term overweight [BMI of 25 or more] before pregnancy and after 16-year follow-up) was the strongest single predictor,” the paper noted.
“Preventing intergenerational transmission of obesity by helping parents to maintain a healthy weight is an essential target for public health.”
Jaaskelainen A, Pussinen J, Nuutinen O, Schwab U, Pirkola J, Kolehmainen M, Jarvelin M, Laitinen J. Intergenerational transmission of overweight among finnish adolescents and their parents: A 16-year follow-up study. Int J Obes (Lond). 2011 Oct, 35(10):1289-94.
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Department of Clinical Nutrition
Institute of Public Health and Clinical Nutrition
University of Eastern Finland
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