Your children’s health beginswith your health. Parents sharegenetics, germs, food and feelings,along with homes, incomes, attitudesand behaviours with their children.
Each of these factors, plus many more,shape health.
New research is also finding stronglinks between health and long-term development of children and
Parents’ health affects
New research links the health and development of children to their
parents’ mental and physical well-being
When parents are happy and healthy, it paves the way for children to be.
their parents’ mental and physicalwellbeing.
Dr. Deborah Dewey of the Alberta
Pregnancy Outcomes and Nutrition
(APrON) study is looking at the
relationship between mothers’ diets
during pregnancy and their (and their
children’s) feelings and development
after birth. While her work mainly
examines the mother-child
relationship, Dewey says both parents’
emotions and lifestyles can affect their
For example, studies have revealedthat stressed-out parents are morelikely to serve fast food, increasingthe likelihood of childhood obesity.Parents who smoke or abuse alcoholincrease their children’s risk of many