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A Mom’s Influence on a Child’s Weight

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As noted by the CDC’s National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, rates of obesity in children ages 2 to 5 have more than doubled since 1980, increasing from 5.0% to 12.4%.

Research has shown that eating habits for life are most influenced by age 6 and that moms have the greatest influence. Once a child is at an unhealthy weight, it’s more difficult to achieve a healthier weight later in life.  However, young kids should not go on diets but grow into their weight.

If poor eating habits continue until the tween and teen years, it’s important to note 80% of children who are overweight between ages 10 and 15 grow up to become obese 25-year-olds.

Some influences on risk factors for obesity include:

Take 5 Simple Steps to Combat Childhood Obesity and create a healthy relationship with food for your family.


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2 Responses to “ A Mom’s Influence on a Child’s Weight ”

  1. Brooke Horn on May 7th, 2010 10:00 am

    I am so happy that these issues are being brought to the forefront of the childhood obesity crisis. From a public health background, a lot of mothers do not know how important exclusive breast feeding, meaning the only nutrients the child receives is from breast milk, is for infant health and reducing the risk of childhood obesity.

  2. Amy McArthur, RD on July 9th, 2011 6:14 pm

    It is so important for parents to realize the effects early eating habits have on their children for the rest of their lives. We must teach good habits early so they don’t struggle later.

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