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CHILDREN: ONE CHILD FAMILIES : MEDICAL: CONDITIONS: OBESITY: Why Only Children are at Higher Risk of Obesity: Weighing the Best Outcomes for our Kid(S).

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CHILDREN: ONE CHILD FAMILIES :

MEDICAL: CONDITIONS: OBESITY:

Why Only Children are at Higher Risk of Obesity:
Weighing the Best Outcomes for our Kid(S).

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Why Only Children are at Higher Risk of Obesity:
Weighing the Best Outcomes for our Kid(S).

Nicole M. King

August 24, 2017

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https://www.mercatornet.com/family_edge/view/ 
why-only-children-are-at-higher-risk-of-obesity/20300

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A shorter URL for the above link:

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http://tinyurl.com/ybp46lxc

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An Australian ABC affiliate recently ran a story meant to assuage any
fears that parents who choose to have only one child may harbor regarding
their children's well-being.

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In answer to troubling questions regarding such children's loneliness, the
story quips "evidence shows there are very few drawbacks to a one-child
family." Parents interviewed for the story believed that by having only
one child, they were able to afford better schooling, and had more time to
devote to that child's well-being.

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They were also able to pursue more leisure time for themselves, and more
time in fulfilling careers, which they assert makes them better parents.
Professor Toni Falbo of the University of Texas argues that concerns about
having only one child come from those who have "suffered through the
experience of bringing up several children," and are eager to justify that
experience.

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But research reveals that no amount of private schooling and one-on-one
time with parents can obliterate at least one negative outcome for only
children-physical health.

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Whether because of government policy or cultural trends, a growing
fraction of the world's children are growing up without siblings. If their
parents invest heavily in their upbringing, these only children may enjoy
some economic advantages over peers with siblings. But growing up without
a brother or sister entails significant drawbacks, one of which was
recently highlighted by a Japanese study finding that only children are
distinctively vulnerable to weight problems during childhood and early
adolescence.

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Affiliated with Tokyo's National Institutes of Biomedical Innovation,
Health and Nutrition, the authors of the new study express concern about
the number of Japanese children with weight problems: "approximately 10%
and 8% of 12-year-old boys and girls, respectively, were overweight or
obese in 2015." Though these percentages are down a bit from what health
officials saw in 2000, when they began addressing the problem, the authors
of the new study still regard them as "substantial."

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Childhood obesity is hardly peculiar to Japan. The researchers see "Japan
follow[ing] the global trends," with "the prevalence of childhood
overweight and obesity increas[ing worldwide] in the late 20th century,"
pushing the number of preschool children who were overweight or obese in
2014 to approximately 41 million.

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But whether they are looking at Tokyo or Toronto, the researchers stress
that "prevention of childhood overweight and obesity is an important
public health issue. Excess weight in children may negatively affect their
lifetime health, increasing the risks of obesity in adulthood and
consequent premature mortality and morbidity from non-communicable
diseases."

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The researchers interpret their findings against the backdrop of several
studies from around the world likewise finding "an increased likelihood of
overweight and obesity among children living with no siblings."  These
studies reveal that living without siblings exposes children to
"obesogenic behaviors and environments at home."

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The Japanese scholars note-for instance-that previous studies in Australia
and Canada have established that, "compared with children with siblings,
those without siblings spent more time in low-intensity physical activity
each day and less time in moderate-to-vigorous-intensity physical
activity."



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