Navigation Links
Only children are significantly more likely to be overweight
Date:9/17/2012

Children who grow up without siblings have a more than 50 percent higher risk of being overweight or obese than children with siblings. This is the finding of a study of 12,700 children in eight European countries, including Sweden, published in Nutrition and Diabetes. The University of Gothenburg, Sweden, was one of the participating universities in the study.

The study was conducted under the framework of the European research project Identification and prevention of Dietary and lifestyle-induced health EFfects In Children and infantS (IDEFICS), where researchers from various parts of Europe study diet, lifestyle and obesity and their health effects on children aged 2 to 9 years.

The study shows that only children have a more than 50 percent higher risk of obesity compared to their peers with siblings. The results were controlled for other influential factors, such as gender, birth weight and parental weight.

In the study, the children's measured BMI was linked to a parental questionnaire that included questions relating to the children's eating habits, television viewing habits and amount of outdoor play time.

- Our study shows that only children play outside less often, live in households with lower levels of education more often, and are more likely to have televisions in their bedrooms. But even when we take these factors into account, the correlation between singleton status and overweight is strong. Being an only child appears to be a risk factor for overweight independent of the factors we thought might explain the difference, says Monica Hunsberger, a researcher at the Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, who contributed to the study.

- The fact that only children are more susceptible to obesity may be due to differences in individual family environment and family structure that we were not able to measure in sufficient detail. To better understand the causality, a follow-up study of these families will start next year, says Lauren Lissner, a researcher at the Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg.

Over 22 million children in Europe are estimated to be overweight. The study shows that obesity among children in general is three times more common in southern countries such as Italy, Spain and Cyprus than in Sweden and other northern countries.


'/>"/>

Contact: Monica Hunsberger
monica.hunsberger@gu.se
46-031-786-6541
University of Gothenburg
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Nationwide Childrens Hospital develops prototype for safer, child-resistant spray bottle
2. Age, not underlying diagnosis, key factor in weight gain in children after tonsillectomy
3. Children of U.S. Immigrants May Have Academic Edge
4. Review: Altruisms influence on parental decision to vaccinate children is unclear
5. Researchers improve gene therapy technique for children with immune disorder
6. Childrens health, access to care differ by parents immigrant status
7. Young Children Treated for Cancer May Be at Risk for PTSD: Study
8. Blood sugar control does not help infants and children undergoing heart surgery
9. Almost 1 in 5 young children with cancer suffers from a trauma disorder
10. Children exposed to 2 phthalates have elevated risk of asthma-related airway inflammation
11. Can gene therapy cure fatal diseases in children?
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:5/5/2016)... , ... May 05, 2016 ... ... Director 703.462.0658, ctellez(at)msnva.org , The Medical Society of Northern Virginia, Announces ... patients , The Medical Society of Northern Virginia (MSNVA) launches DoctorsTelemed?, a ...
(Date:5/5/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... May 05, 2016 , ... Nepenthe Laboratory ... Riverbend Elementary School last week to raise non-perishable food item donations for Food for ... Nose Day” hosted on NBC. , “The goal of the assembly was to create ...
(Date:5/5/2016)... ... May 05, 2016 , ... Is the part in your ... just a few days away, it’s a good opportunity to raise awareness about a ... American Academy of Dermatology, 40% of women experience hair loss or ‘thinning’ by the ...
(Date:5/5/2016)... Levittown, NY (PRWEB) , ... May 05, 2016 , ... ... the community with their unique approach to dentistry. Dental365 was established with the ... King Kullen Shopping Center, Dental365 gives patients high-quality, affordable dentistry while offering routine and ...
(Date:5/4/2016)... MD (PRWEB) , ... May 05, 2016 , ... The ... directions. High impact injuries like falls, or traffic accidents can cause the talus bone ... (AVN)—the death of the bone. In a first-of-its-kind procedure using 3D printing technology, internationally ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:5/3/2016)... 3, 2016   Diplomat Pharmacy, Inc. (NYSE: DPLO) announced today that it is celebrating Hepatitis ... of two patients who tell their personal story and encourage those at risk to get ... Jacque: Hepatitis C ... ... Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy (PRNewsFoto/Diplomat Pharmacy, Inc.) ...
(Date:5/3/2016)... TUSTIN, Calif. , May 3, 2016 /PRNewswire/ ... science teaching tool that shows how a cleanroom ... for classroom discussions about science and technology. ... Manager said, "As a technology company, SSF enthusiastically ... program to help educators foster the next generation ...
(Date:5/3/2016)... , May 3, 2016 ... Research Report provides a basic overview of the ... post which the surgical mesh report explores into ... Complete report on Surgical Mesh market ... and 98 tables and figures is available at ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: