Parental influence on the development of obesity in 9-year-old Japanese children: the Toyama birth cohort study
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 wordschildren obesity body mass index parental influence
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