Single parents have obese kids: Study

Melbourne: Kids who are raised by single parents are far more likely to get fat, as revealed by new finding.

According to the study that measured children's health and learning, more than 35 per cent of children with a lone parent were overweight or obese, compared with 24 per cent of kids those living in couple families, News.com.au reported.

Terese Edwards, spokeswoman of NCSMC (National Council of Single Mothers and their Children) said that annual sporting fees were several hundred dollars and then one needed footwear and shin guards and petrol to get the kids to training and games and food was also a big issue.

Childhood obesity expert Sydney University Professor Louise Baur said that part of the link with single parent households could be the link to lower income as well.

According to the study, more than 96 per cent of 5-year-olds students now read at or above the national minimum standards, up from 91 per cent in 2008.

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