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Kids Weight Linked To Single Parents

Controversial research

Kids Weight Linked To Single Parents

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Australian researchers have found the biggest risk factors making children obese - and some are pretty controversial.

The team at the Queensland Institute of Medical research say girls are more likely to be overweight if they are raised in a single parent household.

For boys, the biggest factor was too much junk food between the ages of 5 to 11, and refusing to play organised sport.

Boys whose parents didn't go to university were twice as likely to be obese.

12% of boys were classed as medically obese, while for girls that figure was 11%.