Kids in Day Care Have Higher Levels of Obesity
Kids in day care are more likely to be obese, according to a study of more than 1,600 boys and girls. Researchers compared child care data for the kids at the ages of 1½, 2½, 3½, and 4 years with their body mass indexes (a ratio of weight to height). Compared with kids cared for by a parent, the likelihood of a child being overweight or obese between the ages of 4 and 10 was 65 percent higher for those who had been in day care and 50 percent higher for those cared for by extended family. However, the study doesn’t prove cause and effect. Researchers say future studies should examine whether children get poorer nutrition and less exercise at day care than when in parents’ care.
Source: The Journal of Pediatrics, published online Nov. 8, 2012