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Obesity Risk Tied to Mother's Lifestyle Choices

Mom's influence may trump kid's own habits.

An observational study of nearly 25,000 children whose mothers adhered to five healthy lifestyle factors were found to have a 75% lower risk for obesity when compared to children of mothers who did not adhere to any of these habits.  The beneficial lifestyle comprised a healthy diet, regular exercise, BMI less than 25, no smoking, low alcohol intake. Even when the kid's own lifestyle habits were poor, if their mother's led a low risk lifestyle they had a lower risk for obesity!

PositiveTip: Mother's, never forget that, as an early health reformer wrote, your "influence is an unceasing influence." (Adventist Home, p. 240)