Children whose fathers are overweight or obese are more likely to have weight troubles or obesity when they are older than other children of their age, Australian researchers found.
Researchers at the Newcastle University, Australia, tracked more than three thousand, two-parent families, from 2004 to 2008, and found that 4-year-old children whose fathers were suffering from weight troubles or obesity were at least four times more at risk to suffer weight troubles or obesity than other children by the time they were eight.
The research also revealed that mothers with weight troubles or obesity make little difference to the chances of their children developing weight troubles or obesity.
It is a commonly known fact that children whose fathers and mothers are overweight or obese are more likely to develop overweight or obesity when they grow older. But, the new study revealed the risk where only one either father or mother was overweight or obese.
Speaking about the study, researcher Emily Freeman said, “This project investigated patterns in families and tracked children from ages 4 to 8, where only one parent was overweight or obese.”
Researchers also found that an overweight or obese child is not automatically predestined for heart diseases, diabetes and high blood pressure.
But, the study warns that losing weight will not eliminate any extra potential risks.