We've known the unwanted effects of obesity to health of an individual. Yet, a new study says obesity doesn't only directly affect the person who is overweight, but as well their kids if they have any.
According to a study published in Pediatrics, children of obese and overweight parents may have impaired development. Researchers say, kids of overweight parent may fail developmental tests for fine motor skills, social competence, or cognitive problem-solving.
The researchers added, both parents', including the paternal weight play a part in kid's development.
"Our results suggest that dad’s weight also has significant influence on child development,” Edwina Yeung of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), a division of the National Institutes for Health, said in a press release.
In the study, experts gathered survey among nearly 5,000 children. They included other factors aside from weight, such as age, race, and education.
Experts learned that children with obese mothers tended to fail tests for motor skills. These children performed poorer when asked to dexterously move their fingers.
On the other hand, kids with obese fathers were more likely to fail tests for social interaction.
"In this first examination of maternal and paternal obesity in the United States on early childhood development, maternal obesity was associated with delays in fine motor development and paternal obesity marginally associated with delays in personal-social functioning. The impact of higher levels of parental obesity (ie, having both parents with BMI ≥35, which constituted 3% of our cohort) was most striking for multiple domains. Findings emphasize the importance of family information when screening child development as, if replicated elsewhere, such information may help inform closer monitoring or earlier intervention," according to the study
However, researchers claimed, “our study wasn’t designed to prove cause and effect,” Yeung told CNN
. “At this point, we only have correlations between parents’ BMI and children's scores on a screening questionnaire.”