Washington: Children who grow up without siblings have a more than 50 percent higher risk of being overweight or obese than children with siblings, according to a new study. This finding is based on the study of 12,700 children in eight European countries, including Sweden. The University of Gothenburg, Sweden, was one of the participating universities in the study.The study 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), where researchers from various parts of Europe study diet, lifestyle and obesity and their health effects on children aged 2 to 9 years.The study shows that only children have a more than 50 percent higher risk of obesity compared to their peers with siblings. The results were controlled for other influential factors, such as gender, birth weight and parental weight.
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