London: It is believed that starting a family will lead parents to healthier eating habits, as they try to set a good example for their children.But in one of the first longitudinal studies to examine the effect of having children on parents` eating habits, researchers have found that parenthood does not lead to healthier diets.“We found that parenthood does not have unfavorable effects on parent`s diets but neither does it lead to significant improvements compared to non-parents, as health practitioners would hope,” lead investigator Helena H. Laroche, MD, University of Iowa and the Iowa City VA Medical Center.In fact, parents lag behind their childless counterparts in decreasing their intake of saturated fat, and their overall diet remains poor,” she stated.The study evaluated the diets of 2,563 adults enrolled in the Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults (CARDIA) cohort study, a multi-center longitudinal prospective cohort study to identify the development of coronary risk factors in young adults.
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