Study Says Obese Parents May Affect A Child's Development; Delays Fine Motor Skills Development & Social Skills

By Carrie Winters - 04 Jan '17 05:30AM

 A recent study states that there are certain development delays for children with obese parents. This study has been conducted by scientists at the U.S. National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.

According to a report, those children born from an obese mother are likely to fail on fine-motor-skill exams. For those children that have an obese father, they are more inclined to fail in social competence. Additionally, if both parents are obese, the child is most likely to fail on problem solving tests.

The importance of this study is that it also includes fathers in the research. It means that both parents have an impact on the child's development. The study also notes that there is 1 in 5 pregnant women that are obese in the United States.

The study also indicates that developmental delays are found in children at an early age. The father's obesity also is indicated but it still needs to be carefully studied further on how it affects the child's early development.

This project has taken place from 2008 to 2010 from women in New York State. It further revealed that from the 4,821 children included, 70% who came from obese women fail from fine motor skills compared to those mothers that are underweight or with normal weight.

Meanwhile, the study shows that there is a difference in the area where the child fails depending on which parent is obese. It is also different if both parents are obese. In this recent study, it is important for both parents to look after their own weight.

It is reported that there is still no clarity on the link between obese parents and the child's development. However, if it is confirmed then the weight of parents needs to be taken into consideration when examining children's development in the future.

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