Researchers at the Pennington Center for Biomedical Research at Louisiana State University have found that only children are at greater risk of developing obesity than their peers with siblings.
Researchers examined the dietary habits and weight of 68 pairs of mothers and children, and found that the dietary habits and choices of beverages of the only child were not as healthy as those of siblings, and that the mother of the only child was at greater risk of being overweight. If the family has multiple children, the mother will be more attentive to diet and eat more at home.
For only children, they have more unhealthy snacks as an alternative to meals. Because no peers play together at any time, their physical activity is relatively small, which also results in only children having more time to sit and watch electronic devices. The findings, published in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, suggest that parents of only children must be aware that their children may be at increased risk for obesity, and try to create a healthy and active family environment to prevent children from being overweight and obese.