Kids inherit obesity from their parents

Kids of obese parents have higher chances of being overweight, a new study has revealed.

A 20-year study conducted by scientists at Glasgow University took into consideration almost 1,500 families in the west of Scotland and found that 9 per cent of children of normal-weight parents were obese, compared with 24 per cent of children whose parents were overweight or obese themselves.

Among women, 17 per cent of mothers were obese, but that figure increased to 20 per cent among daughters, a far greater proportion than among fathers and sons or mothers and sons.

The researchers asserted that although genetic factors also have a role to play in obesity, the gender differences were likely to be because of how children were fed.

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