Obesity more common in children of divorced parents
According to a recent Norwegian study, children of divorced parents are 1.54 times more likely to be obese than children from married households, The New Zealand Herald reported on June 3.
The study was conducted by researchers from the University of Navarra in Spain and recently presented at the European Congress on Obesity in Sofia. The researchers compared the height, weight, and waist circumference of 3,166 Norwegian schoolchildren and noted the marital status of their parents. Although researchers do not know why, children with married parents were generally in better shape than those without.
Research from Rice University in Texas attributed this phenomenon to a possible increase in proximity and access to junk food, less exercise, fewer opportunities to leave the house, and more resources at their disposal due to the two households they frequent.
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