HYDERABAD: Dear moms, please note! Always practice what you preach as for your daughter, you are the best role model in her life. Mothers are the first potentially powerful female role model for their daughters, researchers have found. “The daughters’ beliefs and behaviours may stem directly from those of their mothers,” says study co-author Alyce Barnes, education researcher at the University of Newcastle in Australia.
To understand better how moms influence their daughters’ physical activity, the team looked at mother-daughter pairs who had enrolled in a trial of a physical activity intervention. The daughters with more active mothers were physically more active themselves. Daughters whose mothers had strong beliefs about the benefits of regular exercise spent more time doing moderate-to-vigorous physical activity, the researchers found. “It is important for mothers to lead by example and engage in active pursuits rather than sedentary behaviors such as sitting engaging in small screen recreation (television, computer and tablet use),” Barnes was quoted as saying in a Live Science report.
Outlined in Maternal and Child Health Journal, the research shows that at every age, girls and women are less active than boys and men, and the activity gap increases with age.