Parental influence on the development of obesity in 9-year-old Japanese children: the Toyama birth cohort study

  • Machi Suka
  • Hiroki Sugimori
  • Katsumi Yoshida
  • Michikazu Sekine
  • Takashi Yamagami
  • Sadanobu Kagamimori
Short Communication



To examine parental influence on the development of obesity in 9-year-old Japanese children.


A 6-year follow-up study of obesity among 6,102 children born in Toyama prefecture.


After adjusting for obesity at age 3, either paternal obesity or maternal obesity at the age 3 survey more than double the risk of obesity at age 9 in both genders. Increases in parental body mass indexes (BMIs) from the age 3 survey through the age 9 survey were significantly associated with obesity at age 9 in girls.


Not only parental obesity but also increases in parental BMIs were likely to be associated with development of obesity in children.

Key words

children obesity body mass index parental influence 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Machi Suka
    • 1
  • Hiroki Sugimori
    • 1
  • Katsumi Yoshida
    • 1
  • Michikazu Sekine
    • 2
  • Takashi Yamagami
    • 2
  • Sadanobu Kagamimori
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Preventive MedicineSt. Marianna University School of MedicineKawasaki, KanagawaJapan
  2. 2.Department of Welfare Promotion and EpidemiologyToyama Medical and Pharmaceutical University Faculty of MedicineToyama

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