25th April: Do you know that harsh parenting makes kids fat?
Moreover, a new study reveals that harsh parenting also leads to poor physical health of kids as they reach adulthood.
Parenting styles affect kids’ BMI—Study—As per a latest study findings, harsh parenting affects BMI of kids. So, if you are practicing hard parenting, then its time to change your parenting style.
That’s because harsh parenting leads to serious health problems.
A latest study says that parenting style of one parent increased the risk of bad health and obesity as a child grows up. The study has been published in Social Science & Medicine. It was conducted by Melissa T Merrick, Rand D Conger, Joseph E Gonzales and Thomas J Schofield. Its based on the kids aged between 12 and 20 .
<blockquote> Harsh parenting leads to fat kids, says a recent study. </blockquote>
What is Harsh Parenting?—Well, the study has defined harsh parenting as the parenting style of those who reject and coerce or who are physically aggressive and self-centered.
Schofield, the lead author of the study, says that results of their study have posed more queries than answers. It found that the effects of one parent’s harsh style on physical health were cushioned by the warm style of the other one.
Affects on BMI—Harsh parenting also leads to poor physical health. This is despite of how hard a spouse may try to erase those effects. It creates a chronic stressful environment for children. This exposure could have a lasting impact on the brain development during childhood and adulthood, the study author reveals.
Other research reveals that there are negative biological responses. These include chronic release of hormones, inflammation and lower cardiovascular reactivity. It could be the result of chronic stress.
Damaging in the long run—Harsh parenting style is said to be damaging in the long run for children. It gives children a negative environment for around 20 years during adulthood. This leads to chronic stress. To make things worse, chronic stress can affect brain development in children during their formative years. This could lead to depression, anxiety and a few cognitive dysfunctions.
The results show that differences in physical health and BMI were not seen at the beginning of the adulthood. These persisted into young adulthood after they had moved out of their parents’ homes.
What best can be done?—Well, the best thing for the parents is not be harsh. If we want to ensure about protecting our children’s health, the best and safest thing is to avoid being harsh, Schofield concluded.