Parents who stick to a routine at home have healthier kids: study
Parents who set consistent guidelines at home in regards to family routines have slimmer kids, a new study finds. (Photo: Kzenon/shutterstock)
Published Friday, November 29, 2013 2:30PM EST
Last Updated Friday, November 29, 2013 2:32PM EST
Children of parents who enforce a set routine at home in regards to watching television, eating dinner, and exercising have slimmer waistlines, a new Australian study shows.
When both parents set clear guidelines about household routines, children had a lower body mass index and were thinner, said researchers from the Murdoch Children's Research Institute in Melbourne.
The study involved 4,002 children and their parents who participated in a long-term study. Findings were published online this week in the journal Pediatrics.
Prior research has found that parents can change up a few household routines to help their kids fight the battle of the bulge. Published September in the journal JAMA Pediatrics, US and Canadian researchers implemented a home-based intervention to help young kids lose weight, by curbing TV time, increasing sleep time, and encouraging families to dine together.