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Study Finds Parenting Style Linked to Childhood Obesity

CBS News reports on new research to be presented at the American Heart Association meeting this week that has found that a rigid parenting style may be associated with childhood obesity. Researchers focused on two parenting styles: authoritative parenting in which parents set rules but explain their reasoning, and authoritarian parenting, in which parents set rigid rules with no explanation. Results showed that “youngsters aged 2 to 5 with authoritarian parents were 30 percent more likely to be obese than those with authoritative parents” and that this number was even higher – 37% – among children 6 to 11 years old. While researchers did not identify a specific reason for this connection, it is does “pin down some specific styles of parenting that seem to have the biggest influence.”

Read the article published by CBS News.