A recently released study suggests that children born to obese parents might have developmental issues. The study was carried out by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and was published in the Journal of Pediatrics. Its findings suggest that parents’ BMI actively influence child’s motor skills, memory, activities, brain development, and respiratory dynamics.
Obesity has always been a major issue in the United States. According to the latest estimates, approximately 68.8 percent of US adults are obese or overweight, 35.7 percent are obese, and 6.3 percent struggle with extreme obesity.
However, obesity is not endemic to the North American continent. This condition affects persons for all over the globe, regardless of country, age, sex, or social status. However, an emergent study points out that obesity doesn’t only put the parents at risk, but their children as well.
The new study, which was performed by the Child Health and Human Development Institute, tracked 4821 children born to obese parents from 2008 to 2010. The purpose of the study was to determine if there is a link between parents’ BMI and the child’s development. The findings are more than alarming.
According to the research team’s results, children whose parents suffer from obesity are likely to have developmental issues. All the children that were tracked during the study have trouble integrating into a social structure and performing simple social activities. Furthermore, the study pointed out that these children also have memory issues, brain development impairments, and respiratory dynamics issues.
In some cases, children born to morbidly obese parents had trouble solving simple math problems. The study’s results are even more alarming as more than 60 percent of US pregnant woman have a BMI well over 30, as opposed to the recommended 24.9.
So, what are the study’s conclusions and its recommendations? The study concluded that severe weight issues would negatively impact the child’s development. Furthermore, the severity of the impairment seems to be directly proportional to the parents’ BMI – the higher the BMI, the bigger the risk of improper brain development will be.
As for recommendations, the medical specialists declared that a balanced diet and plenty of physical activities are key to shaking off those extra kilograms. Furthermore, we should also have a friendly chat with our family doctor to determine the best weight loss diet.
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