British girls fatter than boys

December 7th, 2010 - 4:29 pm ICT by IANS  

London, Dec 7 (IANS) Young British girls are far more likely to be fatter than boys because they are over-pampered by their parents and don’t get enough exercise.

By the age of seven, one in four girls is too heavy compared with just one in six boys, said a study based on British children.

It blamed mothers, warned that puppy fat should not be ignored, and called on parents to act early, the British Medical Journal reported according to the Daily Mail.

Principal study author Alice Sullivan said: “Girls are more likely to become overweight between the ages of five and seven.”

The Institute of Education in Britain analysed the weights of 11,000 children, tracking youngsters born between 2000 and 2002.

Its findings showed that the gender and the number of brothers and sisters a child has was also an indicator of obesity.

Seven-year-olds who are their parents’ only child were 25 percent more likely to be overweight than those with one sibling and 30 percent more likely to be overweight than those with two.

It is thought that this is due to over-indulgent parents and a lack of playmates at home. The study also found that youngsters aged five who were overweight were 25 times more likely than children of normal weight to still be too heavy two years later.

Youngsters with an overweight mother or father, or a mother who smokes, were also likely to be heavier.

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