Parents of young kids ‘eat more fatty foods, lead unhealthier lives’

April 12th, 2011 - 1:53 pm ICT by ANI  

London, April 12 (ANI): A study has found that the parents of young children are unhealthier than their childless peers.

According to scientists, mothers with young children are heavier and eat more calories and fatty foods, and consume more sugary drinks than childless women.

And both sexes are less active than those in their age group without children.

Parents often opt for quick, easily prepared foods that are high in fat and calories, and by choosing these foods they may in turn serve them to their children, perpetuating a cycle of unhealthy eating, the study authors said.

“This isn’t a study about blame, this is about identifying a very high-risk time period’ for parents that doctors should be aware of so they can offer solutions,” the Daily Mail quoted co-author Jerica Berge, a University of Minnesota researcher, as saying.

That may include diet advice, parent-child exercise classes, or just getting parents to take walks with their kids, the researchers said.

The study involved 1,520 adults with an average age of 25, including parents with children younger than five years old.

The study is detailed in online journal Pediatrics.(ANI)

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