Are Fathers responsible for overweight children?

8 05 2007

According to THIS article, if your children’s father doesn’t play an active role in their lives it could be making them fat.

Well, that is not the case in my household. This picture is of my husband, Garry and our daughter, Jaymie. Garry is very active with our kids. There is baseball, softball, basketball, and soon to be wrestling and maybe football if my son decides to play this fall.

I quite don’t get it. If the father is not in the child’s life or he is just not an active parent, then why can’t the mom or other father figure play the role? In my honest opinion, I do not think an “unactive” parent makes your kids overweight. Here is what I think contributes to children’s weight gain:

1. Diet

2. Lack of Activity

3. Discipline

4. Video Games

5. Low Self Esteem

6. Peer Pressure


Here is some of the article of this study I found on Fathers Responsible for Fat Children:Study

Fathers who play less of a role in child rearing are more likely to have overweight or obese offspring, Australian researchers said.


A study of almost 5,000 youngsters revealed that fathers who do not set clear limits for their kids are more likely to have heavier children, according to the Australian Associated Press.

Dads who did lay down boundaries generally had children with a lower body mass index, said the study by the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and The Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne.

You can read the rest of the article here: STUDY



3 responses

15 05 2007

Overweight kids

Nearly one in four children are overweight in the U.S. If your child is one of
them, it’s time to do something about it. You as the parent have the responsibility to control your child’s eating habits and activities.
Not sure if your child is overweight, click the link below for free results.

Tips for Parents to help their overweight child:
· Reduce their time playing video games and watching television, which are both sedentary activities.
· Be active with your child whether it be bicycling, walking, bowling or a hike in the park.
· You be the role model by eating healthy foods and limiting unhealthy snacks in the house.
· Try to limit your eating out habits and make more nutritious meals at home.
· Give them healthy snacks like frozen yogurt, pumpkin or sunflower seeds, dried fruits, nuts, angel food cake topped with strawberries or breads and crackers made with enriched flour and whole grains, served with fruit spread or fat-free cheese

Now you can get your child’s weight on track and build their self-esteem, read more at the link below for great info.

10 08 2007
lifetime fitness

yes i feel that father play a very important role in a child’s life. so he must look after his child and look after his proper care and development

29 09 2008

I think any parent who does not provide guidelines for their children, in terms of extra-curricular involvement, physical activity, and diet/nutrition, would contribute to the children being overweight.

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