A new study on obesity has found children whose father is fat or obese are more likely to be fat or obese themselves. [beware of the ‘headless fatty’ shot of a lovely chubby bubby]
Young children with fat dads are more likely to become obese as they grow up, scientists have found.
Previous studies have indicated children are at risk of obesity if both parents are overweight or obese.
However a new study by University of Newcastle researchers found that having a fat dad made a child four times more likely to be obese by age eight or nine than those with healthy [my emphasis] dads.
But only having an obese or overweight mum in the family did not have the same effect.
Lead researcher Dr Emily Freeman said it was unclear why overweight dads had such a big impact on their children’s girths.
So lets unpack this first bit – Fat Dads = Unhealthy Dads = Fat kids. So how do they know that the Dads are unhealthy? I haven’t read the research paper but just going from the media article I don’t hold out a lot of hope that it gets explained.
One theory was a father’s eating and exercise habits could be influencing what his children eat and how much physical activity they do.
“We think it’s most likely to be because dads are being models of poor eating and exercise,” Dr Freeman said.
“You hear lots of stories about how mums do all the grocery shopping and cook the dinners, and women in general tend to be more knowledgeable about weight, diet and exercise.
“So we are not exactly sure what’s going on there.”
Couldn’t possibly be genetics could it? I mean these people are scientists you think they’d be all over the possible genetics aspect, right? Although they did miss the fat =/= unhealthy. I wonder why they can’t imagine that a fat dad could also be an active dad?
I wonder if fat shaming dads will have any effect?
ETA: thanks to @stephendann I have now read the research results. They didn’t conduct the research themselves, they used statistics collected by a Govt Agency. So I think that there are some big unexamined assumptions at the base of this study. It would be difficult to assess the amount of activity/fitness that a family does if all you have are a page of statistics.