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Consistent Parenting Could Mean Healthier Kids

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An apple a day keeps the doctor away; 30 minutes of activity each day is ideal; there are so many ways to stay healthy and keep fit. But could parenting styles actually keep children skinnier? Perhaps. According to a new study, consistent parenting has been linked to lower body-mass index (BMI) levels in kids.

Researchers at the Murdoch Children's Research Institute in Melbourne studied over 4,000 kids and their parents for a few years. The study examined the parenting habits over the years along with the children's height and weight at the same way-points.

According to the results, researchers were able to draw a connection between the children who were healthier and the adult's parenting habits. The moms and dads who set more strict rules and kept to them had healthier children. Possible reasons for this could be anywhere from controlling and setting expectations for healthy eating habits, limiting screen time and enforcing exercise.

Considering the percentage of obesity in young children in the U.S. is in the teens, this news could be used in educational programs at school to help inform parents about how they can further help their kids stay fit. The study is published in Pediatrics.

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