Strict mums blamed over fat chil­dren

The Scottish Mail on Sunday - - News -

STRICT moth­ers are more likely to have over­weight chil­dren, a study sug­gests.

Pre-school young­sters with an over­bear­ing par­ent are al­most five times more likely to over-eat as parental pres­sure does not al­low them to de­velop self-con­trol, say re­searchers at Is­tan­bul’s MEF Uni­ver­sity.

‘Au­thor­i­tar­ian par­ent­ing lim­its a child’s self-con­trol which in­creases their risk of be­ing obese or over­weight,’ con­cluded the study, re­ported in the jour­nal Ap­petite. Nearly a third of chil­dren aged two to 15 in the UK are over­weight.

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