Study Links Obesity to Mom-Child Relationships
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A new study suggests kids with bad relationships with their mothers are more likely to be obese as teens.


(Image Source: eFitness Now )   BY CHRISTINA HARTMAN   A new study links kids’ relationships with their mothers -- to obesity. First -- to the findings, from WBBM . “Researchers at Ohio State University say how well a mother bonds with her toddler could affect a child’s weight later in life. If mom does not comfort the little one, that child is more likely to eat, gain weight and become an obese teenager. Mothers need to develop sensitive, positive relationships with their babies so they learn those healthy responses to stress.” According to the study -- compared to those with strong bonds -- kids with bad emotional relationships with mom were about two and a half times more likely to be obese as teenagers. How’d researchers determine what a ‘good bond’ is? ThirdAge reports … “Testing at 15 months, two years and three years of age, researchers were able to measure the mother’s sensitivity during 15-minute videotaped play sessions, as well as the toddler’s sense of ‘secure attachment’ to their mother.” Researchers checked back in on the kids at age 15.   And what about dad’s role? Well, researchers didn’t look at that, and The Inquisitr sarcastically headlines , “Obesity another thing that can be blamed on your poor mother” .   But researchers say this isn’t a blame game. KTRK explains. “Investigators did say instead of just blaming the mother for her child's obesity, efforts should be made to improve strategies to improve mother- child relationships earlier in a youngster's life and not just focus on the child's eating habits or exercise.” Finally, BlissTree’s Deborah Dunham asks , does this mean score one for stay-at-home moms? Not necessarily. “’s important to recognize that quality doesn’t always equal quantity. Meaning, just because a mom chooses to stay home with her children, that doesn’t necessarily mean she will form a better emotional relationship with them... So, no need to blow this study out of proportion.”