Healthier children who have a small brother and less risk of obsolescence have been identified by a new American study.
The little ones do good for the kidsAccording to experts, a sibling's "effect" is best when the child is born between 2 and 4 years of age. Research from University of Michigan researchers found that first-grade children who had younger siblings , that is, they measured body mass index as those who were single. Individuals and those with older brothers were three times as likely to be obese. The study, published in Pediatrics, published 697 American children.
"Our results suggest that younger brother brings good health to children overall, especially the ability to reduce the risk of obesity. However, there is still a need for further examinations to determine exactly what correlations exist in the background of this phenomenon, "he said. dr. Julie Lumeng, developmental and behavioral pediatrician, author of the research lead.
According to experts, one possible explanation for the lower body mass index is that parents change their eating and eating habits when the little brother is born. Because children, through the age of three, become familiar with the habits that determine their long-term habits, the birth of a little brother and the potential for changes are very significant.
Another idea is that children play much more with their little brother, become more active overall, and do not spend as much time in front of a computer, tablet, or father.
"Childhood obesity is one of the most serious problems worldwide, the number of obese children is growing. With the birth of a little brother, the dynamics and habits of the family change, and these can have a great impact on children. If we are able to determine the mechanisms by which this fun effect can be derived, then families who have only one child can successfully use this knowledge. This can have a major impact not only on childhood health but also on the health of adults, "added Dr. Lumeng.
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