Obesity and Only Children

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

A European study has found that only children may be more likely to be overweight. Dr. Edward Hill discusses the studys findings in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Only children may be as much as 50 percent more likely to be overweight than kids who have siblings.

Even if there is more than one child in the family, the longer the age gaps between siblings, the greater the risk that the first born will be overweight, according to a study by European researchers.

The study included more than 12,000 children age 2 to 9. Only children age 6 to 9 were 70 percent more likely to be overweight. By contrast, younger only children were 32 percent more likely to be overweight.

More research is needed to validate the findings and understand why this may occur. Only children may play outside less often and have televisions in their bedrooms, but the studys findings indicate there may be something about being an only child that makes a child more likely to be overweight.

Researchers advise parents to help their children work on eating a healthy diet, living a healthy lifestyle and exercising.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.