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Children mirror weight gain and losses of their mothers but not fathers

from The Telegraph

A team from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim looked at activity levels of 4,400 children and their parents over 11 years to discover if there was a link in their weights. They found that if a mother lost weight, their children followed suit. Doctoral student Marit Næss said: “Parents have a major impact on their children's health and lifestyle. Behaviors that lead to obesity are easily transferred from parent to child." But the researchers found no significant link between a child’s weight and a father shedding or piling on the pounds. more

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