Fathers get blame for fat children

NZ Herald May 08, 2007
Fat children are more likely to have their father to blame for their weight problem than their mother, a new study shows. Research by Australian child health experts has revealed that fathers who are disengaged or do not set clear limits for their kids are more likely to have heavier children. Dads who did lay down boundaries generally had children with a lower body mass index (BMI), the study of almost 5000 youngsters found. Surprisingly, a mother?s parenting behaviour or style apparently had no impact on whether a child was overweight or obese, according to research by Murdoch Children?s Research Institute and the Royal Children?s Hospital, Melbourne.