Researchers have found that there is a apparent connection between a child’s weight at 11 years of age and his or her parent’s education. Studies show that compared to 15% of girls and boys whose parent or parents had an educational degree, 25% of children whose parents had little or no educational qualifications were obese.
The long-term study conducted by the Institute of Education also suggests that at the start of the new century, one in five kids born in the U.K. was obese by the time he or she turned 11. The fifth Millennium Cohort Study will be published by the Institute of Education and studied over 13,287 girls and boys born in the U.K. from 2000 to 2002. Data was also collected from their parents, recording information about the children at the ages of nine months, three years, five years, seven years, and 11 years. Information was collected on aspects such as children’s schooling, health, and development, and parents’ education and employment.
There is a steep increase in the number of children who were obese at seven years of age. This also indicates that kids who are overweight by the age of seven will slowly creep in to the obese category by the time they turned 11.
Dr Roxanne Connelly, who analyzed the data collected from the study, found that the percentage of “new century” kids who were in the obese category rose from 13% at the age of seven to 20% at the age of 11.
Another major finding by the Millennium Cohort Study is that compared to other children, kids who are obese at 11 are less likely to be “completely happy” with their appearance.