Parents ‘not wholly to blame for child weight gain’

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Pointing the finger of blame at parents for children's weight gain may be unfair, research suggests.

It has been thought that parents' feeding patterns are a major factor in whether a child is under or overweight.

But a study suggests parents adapt their feeding styles in line with a child's natural weight and size, which is largely genetically influenced.

The study was carried out by researchers at King's College London and University College London (UCL).

The research says that, since the onset of the childhood obesity crisis at the…

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