London: Educating new mothers about healthy eating and active play can help cut the risk of their child being overweight or obese, a new study has revealed.Childhood obesity is a serious health challenge affecting more than 43 million preschool children worldwide (6.7percent) with studies showing it could have adverse effects on later health.Preschool children who are obese or overweight have a high chance of carrying this into adulthood and it has been argued that efforts to prevent this should start earlier in life.Methods of feeding children, when they start eating solids and the amount of television watched are the most common factors that contribute to childhood obesity, especially in lower socio-economic groups.Authors from the South Western Sydney and Sydney Local Health Districts and Sydney Medical School, University of Sydney in Australia looked at 667 first-time mothers and their infants.They looked at the children`s BMI, feeding habits and television viewing time. This is the first study of its kind to look at outcomes at two years old.
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