By NICHOLAS BAKALAR
Parents may try to set an example by eating a healthy diet themselves, but a new study has found that their children are not paying attention.
Researchers studied a nationally representative sample of adults ages 20 to 65 and their children 2 to 18, a total of 2,291 parents and 2,692 children, tracking their eating habits with questionnaires. They found little resemblance between the consumption of total energy, carbohydrates, saturated fats or polyunsaturated fats by children and their parents, although children’s diets were slightly more likely to resemble their mothers’ than their fathers’. The study was published online in Social Science and Medicine.
Level of parental education and socioeconomic status made little difference. Unsurprisingly, the older children were, the more likely they were to differ from their parents. cont...
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I eat how my mom raised us to eat. We eat a balanced and nutritional diet. We were home schooled and did not watch TV which took away the bad influences during our formative years. My 9 sisters and brothers all eat healthy and balanced diets and exercise and no one in my family is obese. I have a thyroid condition and still am not overweight. Obesity is a huge issue in our country and one of the reasons health care is so high. We all pay for it and we all owe it to our children to only give them the best when it comes to food.
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