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Obese & Overweight Parents Share The Blame For Slow Development In Children

Obese & Overweight Parents Share The Blame For Slow Development In Children

For a long time, the overweight mothers have been blamed for placing the health of their children at risk. The initial studies done in the U.S have always centered on the pre and post-pregnancy weight of the mothers as well as the other delays in personal-social functioning to explain the slow development in children. However, a new study has indicated that the obese fathers are equally to blame for the preschoolers having problems fitting in. A new study has indicated that the weight of the father equally has a significant impact on the development of the child. The new study also indicated that when mothers were obese, their kids are likely to fail tests of fine motor skills. It is important to understand the role that an obese father and overweight mother plays in the development of their child given that a number of studies have linked the maternal obesity with increased odds of autism as well as a shorter life expectancy in children.

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Therefore, given that every child is a product of two parents, it is fair that studies examine the contribution of both parents in the development of the child. The new medical study pointed out that the children of the obese fathers were 75% more likely to fail the personal social section of a test as opposed to those of the normal weight fathers. The new study found that paternal as well as maternal obesity were each linked to specific delays in the early childhood development. However, it is important to point out that the new medical research never proved cause and effect and the researchers never tested the children directly for particular disorders. The Canadian parents considered to be obese or overweight need to understand the role that they play in the development of their children.

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