It is well known that the prevalence of overweight and obesity is considerably higher among schoolchildren from lower socio-economic backgrounds. We recently reported such disparities among school-age children across 7 countries in Europe, and in another recent additional analysis we showed the same for an eight' country, namely Switzerland, that was reported in a recent scientific paper. In the first paper, published in Plos ONE, we also provided further evidence that children from lower educated parents are more likely to engage in behaviors that contribute to their higher risk for overweight and obesity. Now in a further study just published with Juan Fernández-Alvira as first author, we examined whether these behaviors, i.e. sugared drinks intake, physical activity, screen time and usual sleep duration cluster in reliable and meaningful ways among European children, and whether the identified clusters could be characterized by parental education.
Children with lower educated parents thus are more likely to engage in different joint behaviors that contribute to higher risk for overweight and obesity.