You might have thought you are the most unlucky person in the world for you have one of the worst siblings one could ever have. You might also have instances to back up your gut feeling, but believe us, having a younger sibling either of the same gender or the opposite gender is a boon. You might be laughing off this statement and probably making remarks such as you have not met my younger sibling but we are not making this claim on our own. It is found out in various studies conducted in different countries and universities that having a younger sibling does help the older one to achieve growth in multiple fields.
Yes, we are asking you to be thankful to god rather than cursing him for gifting you a younger sibling. Your younger sibling might have irritated you, embarrassed you and probably have made you go through some things for which you will never be able to forgive him, but academicians have found out that if a child gets a younger sibling between the age of 2 to 4, the child will scale better on BMI (Body Mass Index) and will have a healthy body than the one who doesn’t have a younger sibling. Yes, you read it right; researchers are of the opinion that having a younger sibling makes you leaner while the ones that do not have one tend to grow obese. It was found out that children who did not have a younger sibling, were three times more likely to be obese than the ones who did.
The best possible explanation for this might be that having a younger sibling makes the older one engage more in ‘active play’ and hence very less sedentary time in front of gadgets. Researchers also speculate that older sibling’s eating habits change with the birth of younger ones as the parents tend to give more importance to feeding the younger sibling. This change in dietary habits also results in the older sibling not growing into an overweight child.
A study conducted by researchers at Michigan University was able to establish the fact that not having a younger sibling increases the risk of the child being overweight. Of the 697 children that were made subject to the study, it was found that the kids without a younger sibling were 3 times more likely to be obese by the first grade.
A healthier BMI is not the only advantage of having a younger sibling; instead, a younger sibling helps the older one to learn social skills which are vital for the development of the person in the long run and also is an important factor deciding whether he will be liked by people at the place where he works. The younger sibling also learns the cognitive abilities by following the older one. Facing the rants of your younger sibling and finding a way to calm him down also teaches the older one a very important lesson which comes in handy while the older sibling faces higher-stake conflicts in the workforce.
A younger sibling of the opposite gender also helps you get better with your charming skills and thus helps you gain an advantage in the dating world. In this modern era where you can impress the other one by a few lines over the social media, siblings of opposite gender can help to pass on the right vibe so that you win over the person you always dreamt of being with. Having a sibling also helps you to become emotionally stable and as you grow old a strong connection with your sibling makes you a more calm and happy person.
Researchers found that people who had good relations and memories of their sibling had a healthy body and positive mood. Academicians say that siblings are the best friends one could ever have as they know the person inside out and nothing can be kept as a secret with them. Hence, as people grow old, they can rely on their siblings and talk to siblings whenever they are in a difficult situation. Whereas, those people who had a bad relationship and worse memories of their sibling tend to had an unhealthy body and were found to be in a negative mood.
We agree your younger brother or sister could have been a pain and might have irritated you to the core. They might have snatched your sandwiches, taken a bigger share of the pizza that you loved and might have embarrassed you in front of your friends but research has found that having them around has helped you become a better person. So, pick up the phone, call your sibling and thank him/her for sharing whatever memories they have shared with you.