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

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