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Are You Making Your Kids Fat?

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It’s no surprise that kids idolize their parents and follow their lead. And while there are no better role models in life than mom and dad, there's a downside to this idolship—obesity. If for some reason you don't think childhood obesity is serious, consider this: Being obese at age 18 increases the risk of premature death in adulthood by as much as smoking more than 10 cigarettes a day, states a new Swedish study.

For more surprising statistics, check out these findings out of the California Health Interview Survey, the nation's largest state health survey:

  • Teens whose parents drink soda everyday are nearly 40 percent more likely to drink soda daily themselves than teens whose parents do not drink soda.
  • Teens whose parents eat five servings of fruits and vegetables daily are 16 percent more likely to do the same than teens whose parents do not eat five servings a day.
  • Nearly half of adolescents (48 percent) whose parents drink soda every day also eat fast food at least once a day, while only 39 percent of teens whose parents do not drink soda eat fast food at least once daily.
  • Forty-five percent of teens whose parents do not eat five servings of fruits and vegetables daily eat fast food at least once a day, while only 39 percent of teens whose parents eat five servings a day eat fast food at least once daily.

“The research shows us that one of the keys to solving the teen obesity crisis starts with parents,” said Robert K. Ross, president and chief executive officer of the California Endowment, which funded the survey. “Parents are the primary role models for their children and their behavior can positively—or negatively—influence their children's health.”

About The Author

David Schipper – David began writing for CorePerformance.com in 2008, after spending six years at Men's Health magazine digging up the newest scientific research in health, weight loss, nutrition, muscle and cardiovascular fitness.

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