Beyond Nutrition and Activity Levels: Sensitivity helps to reduce overweight and obesity issues

New research by Sarah Anderson and colleagues at The Ohio State University found that parents who were more sensitive to their toddlers, and therefore developed closer emotional bonds with their toddlers, were more likely to not have their children develop into obese children during their teenage years (forthcoming in the January issue of Pediatrics).

In other words, don’t just think about your child’s diet and activity level. Spending quality time with your young child: nurturing them, being their to support their needs, and dare I say, engaging them in age-appropriate ways may have lasting effects, including health benefits.

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