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Nurture is more important than nature in childhood obesity, study finds

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h817 (Published 19 February 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h817
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1The BMJ

A study comparing the weight of biological and adopted children to that of their parents has found that lifestyles, rather than genes, are primarily responsible for the children being overweight.1

The researchers, from the Centre for Economic Performance at the London School of Economics and Political Science, concluded that policies to influence parents’ lifestyles could help to tackle overweight in children.

For the study the researchers compiled data from 13 years …

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