Overweight and obesity often continue for generations in families. The links can be genetic, but are also related to family relationships and lifestyle habits. “Parents have a major impact on their children’s health and lifestyle. Behaviors that lead to obesity are easily transferred from parent to child,” says Marit Næss, laboratory manager at the HUNT Research Centre and a doctoral candidate at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim. But how do parents’ lifestyle changes affect their children’s body mass index (BMI)? Very differently, it turns out, depending on whether it’s the mother or father. If the mother loses weight, it affects the children.”If mom drops two to six kilos, this can be linked to lower BMI in the kids,” says Kirsti Kvaløy, a researcher for HUNT, a longitudinal population health study in the former Nord-Trøndelag County in mid-Norway.
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