Poor kids 3 times more likely to be obese as against their better off peers: Study

Poor kids 3 times more likely to be obese as against their better off peers: Study

Playing sports and earlier bedtime were associated with downward movement in weight categories

A study published in the European Journal of Public Health says that poorer children are three times as likely to be obese as compared to their better off peers, reports PTI.

A study by researchers of University College London and London School of Economics collaborated data from Millenium Cohort Study(MCS) that tracks nearly 20,000 families in the UK.

The connection between poverty and childhood obesity was clearly seen. It was observed that at age 5 poor kids were two times more likely to be obese as against their better off counterparts.

Many factors were taken into consideration including child’s environment and health behaviours. Some of the environmental factors included mother smoking during pregnancy, how long she breastfed for and whether the child was introduced to solid food before the age of four months. Mother’s weight was also factored in.

Besides these, the child’s physical activities were also considered. The study showed  that playing sports more than three times a week and earlier bedtime were associated with downward movement in weight categories.

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Avinash Iyer

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