London: Children who grow up without siblings have a more than 50 per cent higher risk of being overweight or obese, a new study has claimed. In a study, researchers from various parts of Europe studied diet, lifestyle and obesity and their health effects on children aged 2 to 10 years. Researchers found that only children have a more than 50 per cent higher risk of obesity compared to their peers with siblings. The study including 12,700 children was conducted under the framework of the European research project Identification and prevention of Dietary and lifestyle-induced health Effects In Children and infants (IDEFICS). The results were controlled for other influential factors, such as gender, birth weight and parental weight. Children`s Body Mass Index was linked to a parental questionnaire that included questions relating to the children`s eating habits, television viewing habits and amount of outdoor play time.
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