If you think about it, there are abundant contributing factors to weight problems, from genetics to behaviour, but this is an interesting study.
An Australian study has found that girls in single-parent families are more at risk of obesity than children in two-parent families. “This fits with recent research findings from the United States showing that children in single-parent households are at a higher risk of becoming overweight or obese than those from households with two parents,” says the author, Linda Byrne.
One must also factor in mild depression and stress, which lead to eating disorders in some, though I find this intriguing: women in lower income neighbourhoods are simply afraid to let their daughters out to play. There would be few organised sports, no dad to take them out for walks or other physical activities, mum is stressed and tired, and what's left but screens and food?
I like Ms Byrne's sensitivity over the mothers' predicament, for blaming isn't helpful. Whenever we see such things manifest in our children, we are eaten with guilt. This is simply another indicator of the harms of broken families, but not a reason to point fingers. Children need two parents for a variety of reasons, but for those who are anguished over the absence of a parent, take comfort:
Children of Zion, delight and rejoice in the LORD, your God!For he has faithfully given you the early rain, sending rain down on you, the early and the late rains as before. The threshing floors will be full of grain, the vats spilling over with new wine and oil. I will repay you double what the swarming locust has eaten, the hopper, the consuming locust, and the cutter, my great army I sent against you (Joel 2: 23-25).
The years of loss and neglect -- the years destroyed by locusts -- will be restored, and the wounds will be bound and healed. All things are possible with our God, who is faithful to his promises.