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Study finds link between ‘responsive parenting’ and lower childhood obesity

Study finds link between ‘responsive parenting’ and lower childhood obesity




Children of first-time moms schooled in “responsive parenting” were less likely to battle obesity by age 3 than those whose moms didn’t receive such assistance — a revelation that comes as no shock to health care providers in the area.

New research funded through the National Institutes of Health showed an intervention designed to teach rookie mothers to respond to babies’ cues for hunger, sleep and other crucial infant needs “significantly improved the body mass index of the child through age 3 years compared with the control group.”

That makes sense to Dr. Gerald Rakos, chairman of pediatrics at Stamford Hospital.