Mean Mommy Makes Meaty Munchkins!

Filed under: Study — @ June 5, 2006

A new study published in the June 2006 issue of Pediatrics concluded that mothers who are strict authoratative-styled in their parenting skills are making their kids five times more likely to become overweight than those parents who provide a loving household built on rules and respect.

Dr. Kay Rhee led the research looking at four types of parenting:

1. Authoritative (“It’s my way or the highway because I’m your Queen!”)
2. Authoritarian (“Here are the rules that I expect you to obey!”)
3. Permissive (“Yes, you can have whatever you want!”)
4. Neglectful (“Who gives a flying rip about my kid?!”)

Furthermore, she found that the children of permissive and neglectful mothers were more than twice as likely to be overweight than authoritarian mothers.

Regardless, I have a pretty big problem with this study.

bq. Sure, our childhood can have an impact on who we become as adults shaping our decisions based on the various experiences we have gone through. And some of us have been through circumstances that I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy. However, there does come a time when you have to grow up, stop blaming everyone else for your problems, and learn to take full responsibility for bettering yourself in those areas of your life that you have fallen short. That includes tackling your obesity and getting it under control once and for all.

Click here to read more about this study and why I believe it is sending the wrong message to people about obesity.


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