Parenting Style and BMI

Does parenting style effect a child’s body mass index?  Researchers found that style of parenting does have an effect on a boy’s ability to delay gratification, which effects the child’s BMI. 

Specifically, when a boy has a poor ability to delay gratification plus a mother who is authoritarian in style, that boy has a greater rate of growth in BMI.  All other boys in the study, regardless of their

mother’s parenting style, or their ability to delay gratification, had a slower rate of growth in BMI.

Abstract: Positive Parenting Mitigates the Effects of Poor Self-Regulation on Body Mass Index Trajectories From Ages 4–15 Years. Health Psychology

Image credit to


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *