Children with highly educated parents are less overweight and obese


More overweight in children with obese parents

In 2018 to 2021, 12 percent of children aged 2 to 12 were overweight and 3 percent were severely overweight (obese). 6 percent of children under the age of 12 were exposed to indoor tobacco smoke. Overweight, obesity and exposure to tobacco smoke were less common among children with highly educated parents than among children with less educated parents. This is reported by Statistics Netherlands in the Youth Monitor 2022 Annual Report, based on new analyzes with figures from the Health Survey/Lifestyle Monitor.

Of children up to 12 years of age with low-educated parents, at least one parent was overweight in 70 percent, compared to 59 percent of children with highly-educated parents. For obesity, this was 30 and 14 percent respectively on average over 2018 to 2021.

Of the children with low-educated parents, 54 percent at least one parent smoked during the measured period. It was 15 percent among children of highly educated parents.

Three times more obesity among 2- to 12-year-olds with low-educated parents
In 2018/2021, 12 percent of children aged 2 to 12 were overweight and 3 percent were obese (severely obese). Overweight was twice as common among children with low-educated parents as among children with highly-educated parents. Of the children with low-educated parents, 6 percent were overweight, compared to 2 percent of the children with highly-educated parents.

More overweight in children with obese parents
Overweight and obesity were more common in children aged 2 to 12 years with at least one obese parent in 2018/2021 compared to children without an obese parent. 22 percent of children with at least one obese parent were obese compared to 11 percent of children without an obese parent. 6 percent of children of at least one obese parent were themselves obese, compared with 3 percent of children without an obese parent. Overweight was also more common in children with at least one obese parent; 15 percent compared to 8 percent of children without a parent are obese.

Children of highly educated parents less exposed to tobacco smoke
94 percent of parents of 0-12 year olds said their child was (almost) never exposed to indoor tobacco smoke, also known as second-hand smoke, in 2019/2021. This percentage was higher among highly educated parents (97) than among secondary (91) and low educated (88) parents. 1 percent of 0- to 12-year-olds were exposed to indoor tobacco smoke daily during this period; 0.3 percent among children of highly educated parents, compared to just under 2 percent of children of secondary educated parents and more than 4 percent among children of less educated parents.

How did CBS get these numbers?
The results come from the Health Survey/Lifestyle Monitor 2018 to 2021, by CBS, RIVM and Trimbos Institute. On the basis of a random sample from the Basic Registration of Persons (BRP), persons aged 0 years or older have been asked questions in a survey about smoking, alcohol consumption, drugs, height and weight and diet. The questions for children up to 12 years of age were answered by parents or guardians.


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https://www.cbs.nl/nl-nl/nieuws/2022/45/minder-overweight-en-obesity-onder-kinderen-met-hoogeduced-ouders
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Less overweight and obesity among children with highly educated parents
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Health professionals, policy makers, informal carers, students
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2022-11-09

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