Parents who encourage healthy behavior have healthier children

Experts say that getting children to eat more healthfully, be more active and spend less time on electronic devices are key to combating childhood obesity.

How important is parental influence when it comes to these behaviors?

This study

The study involved 3,206 parents, more women than men (average age, 42), who had a child younger than 18. They were questioned about the amount of moderate to vigorous physical activity their child got each week, how many servings of fruit and vegetables their child ate daily and how long their child typically spent each day in front of a television, DVD player, computer, tablet or video-game console. Parents also were questioned about their support for and involvement in such behaviors. Overall, the more active and engaged parents were in these aspects of their children’s lives, the more likely the children were to meet guidelines on healthy behaviors.

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