From Science Daily:

Many people accept the old axiom — “You are what you eat.” That’s not to say you become a carrot if you eat carrots, of course, but rather that a regular pattern of eating carrots will shape you in a much different way than a regular pattern of eating cotton candy.

Now researchers are suggesting there may be a lesser-known corollary — “Your kids are what you eat.”

In a new analysis of parent-child diet quality and calories consumed, a team of seven researchers found the two are related in significant ways, a connection that could lead to better strategies as the nation works to address the growing public health problems of obesity and related conditions such as heart disease, stroke and diabetes.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than a third of U.S. adults are obese and about 17 percent of the nation’s youth (ages 2-19) are obese.

As dietary details emerged for hundreds of parents and children who participated in the study, the overall picture wasn’t pretty.

“Unfortunately people are not doing very well in terms of diet quality,” said Shannon Robson, assistant professor of behavioral health and nutrition at the University of Delaware and the lead author of the report, published recently in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. “Parents had better diet quality than kids, but only by a little bit.”

The analysis draws on data from a Neighborhood Impact on Kids study that looked at 698 parent-child…

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