Another example of the obsessive craving men have to be in charge of everything…
Is there a single thing good, bad or indifferent that women can do which men can’t find a way to take either the credit or blame for????
Dare I say the unthinkable: the person who purchases and prepares the food is the one most responsible for whether or not children gain weight and that is still the mother. Fathers are bit players in this regard as they are in many other areas involving children not ‘on the frontline’ as they wish to paint themselves, but backup and support to mothers.
Too bad if they don’t like it…
Let me be the first to put another ‘spin’ on this finding. We’ve already had studies demonstrating custodial fathers spending less money on their children for food, medical care and education. So perhaps the stingy cheapskates who participated in this study are just showing the well-documented pattern of men keeping most of their money for themselves spending it on beer and cigarettes instead of food for their kids. No wonder the kids are so much skinnier then everyone else, it’s certainly nothing to be proud of, that’s for sure.
Dad, not mums, to blame for fat kids
By Tamara McLean
May 07, 2007 05:27pm
FAT children are more likely to have their father to blame for their weight problem than their mother, a study shows.
Research by Australian child health experts has revealed that fathers who are disengaged or do not set clear limits for their kids are more likely to have heavier children.
Dads who did lay down boundaries generally had children with a lower body mass index (BMI), the study of almost 5000 youngsters found.
Surprisingly, a mother's parenting behaviour or style apparently had no impact on whether a child was overweight or obese, according to research by Murdoch Children's Research Institute and The Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne.
Hospital specialist Professor Melissa Wake said the large study was the first to suggest that men could be at the frontline in preventing early childhood obesity.
"Mothers are often blamed for their children's obesity, but this study suggests that for more effective prevention perhaps we should focus on the whole family," Prof Wake said.
The results also showed that 40 per cent of these young mothers and more than 60 per cent of the young fathers were themselves overweight or obese.
The research, to be presented at a paediatrics conference in Toronto this week, compared the BMIs of four- and five-year-olds with their parents' parenting styles.
The specialists said it was vital to study early parenting because home life often established patterns for life-long obesity.
Earlier research had shown that childhood obesity was highly stable during the primary school years, right from school entry, Prof Wake said.
"For instance, the BMI of a prepgrade child has an 85 per cent correlation with their BMI three years later," she said.
"Obese school children are very likely to become obese adults."
Childhood obesity is growing at an alarming rate in Australia, with more than 20 per cent of preschool children either overweight or obese.
Extra weight is a precursor to serious childhood and adult diseases like asthma, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer.