How to get a high with an ‘inappropriate’ baby
A baby’s growing body may have made him more likely to develop a taste for alcohol, according to research published in the journal Paediatrics and Child Health.
Research published in Paediatric Research found that babies with more body mass index (BMI) than 20 had a 20 per cent increased chance of being found to be at higher risk for alcohol-related problems.
Researchers found that children who were found to have a BMI above 20 were three times more likely than their normal weight peers to drink and engage in risky behaviours such as drug and alcohol use.
The research was conducted by researchers from Newcastle University and the University of Exeter.
“The increased risk for obesity is associated with increased risk of obesity-related obesity, and the increased risk may be due to a combination of increased BMI, alcohol consumption and physical activity,” said lead author Professor Michael Ahern, from Newcastle’s School of Public Health.
“Although the risk for this increased risk is low, the increased weight is associated directly with the risk of weight gain.”
The findings could have a big impact on parents trying to raise children as healthy as possible, but are unlikely to be welcomed by those who have raised children who have not gone to school.
The study found that parents who had a child who was found to drink were twice as likely to have them become obese, while those with a child with a BMI of 20 or less were at an increased risk.
Professor Ahern said: “There is increasing evidence that children with overweight or obesity may have more problems later in life than children with normal weight.”
He said that more research was needed into how the body of a child affected their health later in their life.
“There is a clear need for research into the effect of BMI on future risk for these conditions, and also for interventions that can reduce the risk, such as weight loss and exercise.”
The research also found that older children were at a higher risk of developing obesity and diabetes.
“We know that a person’s age at which they start to experience obesity is a risk factor for obesity,” said Professor Ahern.
“So we have to do more research to see whether this is the case with other age groups.”
This is a very important area to study, and we need more research into this.
“Professor Aaken said that, while obesity was more common in children who had experienced physical abuse, there was a lot more research needed to understand the reasons why.”
Obesity is a serious problem for children,” he said.”
It affects both parents and children, so it’s important we understand what’s causing it, and how it can be reduced.
“If parents can find the time to help their children manage the risk factors, and they can get their child involved in healthy behaviour, it’s a win-win situation.”
The study has been published in Pediatric Research.