Preventing obesity in aboriginal kids needs to start with parental support: study – Winnipeg Free Press

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Preventing obesity in aboriginal kids needs to start with parental support: study

By: The Canadian Press
Posted: 01/24/2012

OTTAWA – Strategies to prevent obesity among aboriginal children must begin with an understanding of the unique social and historical factors that shape their broader community, a study suggests.

“There needs to be a focus on improving the risk factors such as income and education,” said Noreen Willows, a co-author of the study published in the February issue of the journal Applied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism.

“Additionally, there needs to be a focus on embracing the cultural practices in terms of language and pride in the aboriginal culture to influence health behaviours and outcomes,” Willows said in a release Tuesday.

Read more: http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/arts-and-life/life/health/preventing-obesity-in-aboriginal-kids-needs-to-start-with-parental-support-study–137971703.html

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