Babies and Obesity

Want to know if your baby will be overweight later in life? Research indicates that if your baby crosses two percentiles on the standard growth charts prior to their second birthday, they are at higher risk of becoming overweight when when are a child.

Babies who grow quickly are more likely to be overweight by age 5 also likely to be obese by age 10. Babies who grow more rapidly by six months of age are even at greater risk.

Health care providers suggest looking at this study with caution. The study, they suggest, should be used to look at the growth of the infant, but not as an indicator to put an infant on a diet."The potential to do more harm than good is actually very high," says Edward Frongillo, an infant growth specialist at the University of South Carolina.

Infants should only receive breast milk or infant formula until 6 months of age, when solid foods can then be introduced. When solids are introduced they should be given at the table during meal time with the rest of the family. Juice should not be given in a bottle, but in a cup. Following these guidelines will help parents think about good nutrition and combat obesity.

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