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April 24, 2019


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Hey Dad, Are You Helping Your Child Have a Healthy Weight?

By Edward Abramson Ph.D.

Fathers are becoming more involved with their kids. One study found that between 1965 and 2011 the amount of time dads spent with their children increased almost threefold. If you’re one of these involved dads, it’s great, although it’s likely that most of your involvement is devoted to playtime. Perhaps you could be doing more to help your child develop healthy eating habits to avoid later obesity. The researchers found that increases in fathers’ caregiving were associated with decreases in obesity from age two to age four.

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