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The average BMI of children whose mothers and fathers were still together at the end of the study was 19. In contrast, it was 19.5 for children of divorced or divorced parents, the London School of Economics team found.

Children whose parents divorce or are separated from each other are more likely to be overweight & # 39; because their mothers or fathers are too busy to cook for them & # 39;

  • A team of scientists followed the body mass index (BMI) of 7,500 young people
  • About a fifth of the children experienced parental divorce, they thought
  • Experts believe that children from broken families more often eat unhealthy food
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Children of divorced or divorced parents are more likely to be overweight, according to research.

Scientists followed the body mass index (BMI) of 7,500 young people from before their first birthday until they were 11 years old.

They discovered that the average BMI of children whose mothers and fathers were still together at the end of the study was 19.

In contrast, it was 19.5 for children of divorced or divorced parents, according to the London School of Economics team.

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Experts suggested that children from broken families more often eat unhealthy food because their parents have less time to prepare healthy meals.

The average BMI of children whose mothers and fathers were still together at the end of the study was 19. In contrast, it was 19.5 for children of divorced or divorced parents, the London School of Economics team found.

The average BMI of children whose mothers and fathers were still together at the end of the study was 19. In contrast, it was 19.5 for children of divorced or divorced parents, the London School of Economics team found.

Data are from the Millennium Cohort Study, which follows the lives of some children born between 2000 and 2002.

The first BMI was registered when the children were around nine months old. It was then repeated at the age of three, five, seven, 11 and 14.

At the same time, researchers also analyzed the family environment of each child, such as the marital status of their parents.

About a fifth of the children experienced parental divorce, according to the findings published in the journal Demography.

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When comparing the children's BMI & # 39; s, they found that & # 39; deviated significantly & # 39; among those whose parents had dropped out.

And they discovered that the link was especially strong for children who saw their parents divorce or divorce before they turned six.

The BMI of a healthy person – calculated by dividing the weight in kg by the height in meters and the answer again by the height – is between 18.5 and 24.9.

Among children, obesity is defined as being in the 95th percentile. Percentiles compare young people with others of the same age.

& # 39; There may also be less money in the household to pay for extracurricular activities (e.g., Sports) & # 39 ;, she added.

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& # 39; Compared to married parents, divorced parents may have less time to establish and observe routines and eating schedules.

& # 39; And they can serve their children earlier restaurant meals, ready-made meals or processed food. & # 39;

However, the study did not investigate whether there was a difference in the BMI of children who lived with their mother or father.

Nor did it take into account the BMI & # 39; s of children whose biological parents were divorced and then came together again.

Childhood obesity is considered to be one of the most serious public health challenges in the 21st century.

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With a third of the young people considered overweight, Britain is thought to be the worst overweight in Western Europe.

About 29 percent of children between the ages of two and fifteen are overweight or obese in England, with 16 percent being obese.

Many parents do not accept that their child has a problem – and those who think they will & # 39; will grow out & # 39 ;, experts have claimed.

Children who are obese are more likely to become full-grown adults and are therefore at risk of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease or cancer.

WHAT IS EPIDEMIC OBESITY?

Childhood obesity is considered to be one of the most serious public health challenges in the 21st century.

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What are the statistics?

The prevalence of overweight and obesity in children and adolescents aged 5-19 years has risen dramatically from just four percent in 1975 to just over 18 percent in 2016.

NHS figures reflect global statistics – the proportion of seriously obese children in England has risen by more than a third since 2007.

It is now at 4.2 percent, the highest level ever – 24,437 children in England fall into the fattest possible category. No fewer than one in five children who go to school in the UK is overweight or obese and rises to one in three by the time they turn 10.

Why is it a problem?

Increased BMI is an important risk factor for non-communicable diseases such as cardiovascular disease, mainly heart disease and stroke, diabetes, musculoskeletal disease, in particular osteoarthritis – a highly debilitating degenerative joint disease and some cancers.

The risk for these non-communicable diseases increases, with an increase in BMI.

Childhood obesity is associated with a higher risk of obesity, premature death and disability in adulthood. But as a child they probably experience breathing difficulties, increased risk of fractures, hypertension, early signs of cardiovascular disease, insulin resistance and psychological effects.

What is being done to prevent this?

The prevention of childhood obesity has a high priority, but is a difficult challenge.

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Although individuals are responsible for their calorie, fat, salt and sugar intake, and also for how much physical activity they do, governments also had to regulate the food industry.

Manufacturers can reduce the content of fat, sugar and processed food, ensure that healthy and nutritious choices are available and affordable, and limit the marketing of unhealthy food for young people.

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