Parenting Style and Risk of Obesity in Children

My third and final discussion on an empirical study will be of the article titled Parenting style and obesity risk in children by Kakinami, Barnett, Seguin, and Paradis. (2015)

Kakinami, Barnett, Seguin, and Paradis (2015) did a study to find out whether or not the type of parenting style a parent used was related to the risk of obesity in children. Participants of the study included those from cross sectional sample from the National Longitudinal Survey of Children and Youth and featured children aged 0-11. Computerized questionnaires were used to collect data with people with the most knowledge about the child being asked to complete it. The questionnaire included things about the parenting style, weight and health, and whether the family was experiencing poverty or not.

The results showed that authoritarian parenting was the style of parenting consistently linked to the risk of obesity in children. (Kakinami, Barnett, Seguin, and Paradis, 2015,20) This is in comparison to the other styles but it is also important to note that whether or not a person was in poverty was also a factor tied along with authoritarian parenting and childhood obesity. The sample was discussed in terms of younger and older children. The younger children who didn’t experience poverty but had authoritarian parents were more likely to be obese compared to the other parenting styles. While older children regardless of whether or not they experience poverty but had authoritarian parents were the ones most likely to be obese.(Kakinami, Barnett, Seguin, and Paradis, 2015,20)

Here is my third empirical study that shows another way the authoritarian approach to parenting can have negative implications on children and youth.

Kakinami, L., Barnett, T. A., Séguin, L., & Paradis, G. (2015). Parenting style and obesity risk in children. Preventive Medicine, 75, 18-22. doi:10.1016/j.ypmed.2015.03.005

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