Like Mother, Like Daughter

Some habits span generations

Please note: This article was published more than one year ago. The facts and conclusions presented may have since changed and may no longer be accurate. And "More information" links may no longer work. Questions about personal health should always be referred to a physician or other health care professional.

(HealthDayNews) -- This one is for women only: Would you rather have an overweight mother or an overweight father?

It really does make a difference. You may have gotten your genes from both parents, but according to nutritionists at the Pennsylvania State University, the odds are that you developed your mother's eating habits.

As reported in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, weight problems are partly genetic, but they're also partly the result of eating habits.

When the nutritionists followed 75 overweight preschool children, they were able to match the girls' eating habits with their mothers' and develop a clear pattern of weight distribution between mothers and daughters. If mom was likely to reach for a snack even when she wasn't hungry, a daughter was likely to do the same.

The study didn't show the same association for boys.

Last Updated:

Related Articles