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ERIC Number: ED377956
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Dec
Pages: 10
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The Correlation between Weight of Mother and the Weight of Offspring.
Ware, Anna Lovelace
Noting that obesity among children is a major public health concern, this study sought to determine the relationship between the weight of mothers and weight of their offspring. Based on the literature review, the correlation between weight of mother and weight of offspring appears to be inconclusive. The subjects studied were 62 mothers and one of their children (ages 3-5) who had participated in the Women, Infants, Children Supplemental Food Program (WIC). Data were obtained from the subjects' clinic records. The findings were tabulated in terms of means and correlation of all variables: mother's weight, height, and age at time of delivery, and the child's weight and height. The results indicated that there was a significantly positive, but low correlation between the weight of mother and weight of the offspring. A significant negative correlation was found between the mother's age upon delivery and weight of the offspring. Also, a significant positive correlation was found between the height and weight of a child. The results suggest that families that tend to be obese should monitor their diets. Several recommendations for health care were gleaned from the results, including the following: (1) genealogical medical history should be documented for both parents; (2) the relationship of family income and social class to childhood obesity should be studied; (3) attitudes of mothers and children toward obesity should be monitored; and (4) early intervention programs for childhood obesity should be implemented and monitored. (Contains a 34-item bibliography.) (WP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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