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Fathers’ Involvement and Childhood Obesity

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Fathers’ increased involvement with some aspects of child caregiving may be associated with lower odds of childhood obesity, a recent study suggests.

Longitudinal data from the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study-Birth Cohort were used to assess the association between fathers’ participation in physical child care (such as bathing and dressing children) and changes in childhood obesity-related outcomes (sugar-sweetened beverage consumption, screen time, BMI z score, overweight/obesity, obesity).

The investigators found that the frequency that fathers took children outside for walks and involvement in physical childcare were linked with a decreased likelihood of obesity from age 2 to age 4.

Wong et al., Obesity, 2017

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