Thin parents apparently have thin children

Posted by: Alexander Hay, 04 October 2011

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Alexander Hay posted 04 October 2011

But surely being overweight is a sign of moral degeneracy and proof of how wonderful us skinng gits are? Who will we be able to stigmatise now?



Children whose parents are thin are likely to be very slim themselves due to "skinny genes", new research suggests.

Youngsters whose parents are at the lower end of the healthy weight range are three times more likely to be regarded as thin (weighing less than a healthy weight range) than those whose parents are overweight.

The study recorded the height and weight of parents and up to two children from 7,000 families over a five-year period.

Analysis of body mass index (BMI) found that when both parents were at the lower half of the ideal BMI range, the chance of the child being thin was 16.2%, compared with 7.8% when both parents were in the upper half.

These children had a BMI of 18.5 or under (regarded as "thin"), compared with a healthy weight range of 18.5 to 24.9. A BMI of 25 to 29.9 is overweight and over 30 is obese.

The study found that the chance of a child being thin (BMI under 18.5) was just 5.3% when both parents were overweight and only 2.5% for children whose parents were obese...

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