Parents who set, stick to rules may help kids stay slim

Nov. 27, 2013, U.S. News & World Report

By Kathleen Doheny

Parents who set firm rules about behaviors like TV viewing, dinner time, and physical activity tend to have children of healthier weights, a new Australian study finds.

“Children of parents who set consistent rules have a slightly lower body mass index (BMI); they’re thinner,” said study author Pauline Jansen.

Both mothers and fathers who enforced clear guidelines had a similar effect on their children’s weight — regardless of their own weight — found Jansen, an honorary off-campus fellow at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute in Melbourne.

The study involved more than 4,000 children and their parents who participated in a long-term study of Australian children. Continue reading