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Child & Teen Health
5 habits for moms that help prevent childhood obesity
- By Claire McCarthy, MD, Senior Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing
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Claire McCarthy, MD, Senior Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing
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I’m confused. Isn’t eating a healthy diet the maternal habit listed as number 5? And aren’t the habits listed ones that are correlated with obesity prevention in children? So why does the paragraph after number 5 state that there is no correlation between the mother’s diet and the child’s weight? Even the rest of that paragraph seems to imply that the mother’s diet makes a significant difference. Is there a typo, or am I just missing something?
Item #4 – Careful – Alcohol is a level one carcinogen, it causes cancers in 7 internal organs, breast and skin cancers. (ACS) It kills over 88,000 Annually in the US – Over 3 Million Globally – every year. One in ten working age adults overall in the USA (CDC). Alcohol also disturbs sleep, is a depressant and in some triggers a chemical addiction, escalating into serious troubles (just like some can’t eat peanut butter – some can’t drink safely). I would be extremely hesitant in suggesting daily intake of Diluted Rocket fuel (Ethanol) based on an incomplete study. Everything else – Spot on – and yes obesity is a huge issue. #soberworldorg
It is amazing that there was no correlation between a mother’s healthy diet and the obesity in a child. Food preferences and eating habits in children are difficult to modify for sure. Considering the strength of association with the other factors, it seems that setting examples of healthy living, or role-modeling, would be a plausible explanation. I believe this indirectly substantiates the over-attribution of genetic components to obesity commonly seen in media. Of course genetics plays a role, but not much. Thanks for reporting on this important finding.
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