Leading by Example

obesityWe all understand the importance of finding new ways to battle the ongoing problem of childhood obesity. Well, a new study claims that moms who lead a healthy lifestyle are far less likely to have their children who develop obesity issues.

From Newsweek.com:

Mothers can significantly cut the risk of their children becoming obese if they themselves follow five healthy habits, according to a study. 

Scientists at Harvard University believe exercising regularly; eating a healthy diet; maintaining a healthy body weight; consuming moderate levels of alcohol; and not smoking can cut a child’s risk of becoming obese by 75 percent compared with those who do the opposite.

And when both mothers and children stick to these habits, the risk of obesity was 82 percent lower than those who didn’t, researchers at the Harvard T.H. Chance School of Public Health found.

Below are a number of links to stories on this new study. Once you’ve had a chance to look over a few of them, we’d love to hear what you think. Finding interesting new reports that affect the people of our state and creating an environment where we can discuss those reports is another of the many ways we are working toward our long-term goal of one day making Arizona the Healthiest State in the Nation!

5 key lifestyle habits parents can follow to protect their kids from obesity

Child obesity could be influenced by mom’s lifestyle habits: Study

Moms could be to blame for childhood obesity, Harvard study suggests

Children are less likely to be obese if mothers stick to a healthy lifestyle

Child obesity could be influenced by mom’s lifestyle habits: Study

To Fight Childhood Obesity, Moms to the Rescue

Association between maternal adherence to healthy lifestyle practices and risk of obesity in offspring

Five Healthy Habits for Mothers That Could Cut Their Child’s Risk of Becoming Obese: Harvard Study

Study: Healthy Mom, Healthy Kids

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