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Obesity in children may start early
« on: April 02, 2009, 05:59:05 PM »
New parents love to boast about their baby's place on the growth charts. Now researchers are warning that babies who gain weight rapidly in the first six months of life are at a sharply increased risk of growing into obese toddlers.

"The connection between rapid infant weight gain and later obesity was striking," according to background information released with the study, to be published Monday in the journal, Pediatrics.

Babies who put on weight the fastest had a 40% higher risk for obesity at age three. The finding held even after researchers took factors such as whether the baby was premature or underweight at birth into account.

The study may prompt a serious rethink of cultural attitudes that bigger babies are necessarily healthier.

Researchers from Harvard Medical School and Children's Hospital Boston studied 559 children taking part in Project Viva, an ongoing study of more than 2,000 pregnant women and their children.

They measured length and weight at birth, six months and three years. They looked not only at how much, but also how quickly a baby gained weight. The team also measured skinfold thickness in the arms and upper backs of the three-year-olds -- a measure of adiposity, or excess fat.

http://www.canada.com/news/national/Obesity+children+start+early/1444023/story.html

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Re: Obesity in children may start early
« Reply #1 on: May 04, 2009, 09:13:37 PM »
Big, 'healthy' babies may face higher obesity risk
 
Newborns who gain weight rapidly more likely to be fat toddlers: study



New parents love to boast about their baby's place on the growth charts. Now researchers are warning that babies who gain weight rapidly in the first six months of life are at a sharply increased risk of growing into obese toddlers.

"The connection between rapid infant weight gain and later obesity was striking," according to background information released with the study, to be published Monday in the journal Pediatrics.

Babies who put on weight the fastest had a 40-per-cent higher risk for obesity at age three.

The finding held even after researchers took into account factors such as whether the baby was premature or underweight at birth.

The study may prompt a serious rethink of cultural attitudes that bigger babies are necessarily healthier.

Researchers from Harvard Medical School and Children's Hospital Boston studied 559 children taking part in Project Viva, an ongoing study of more than 2,000 pregnant women and their children.

They measured length and weight at birth, six months and three years.

They looked not only at how much, but also how quickly a baby gained weight.

The team also measured skinfold thickness in the arms and upper backs of the three-year-olds -- a measure of adiposity, or excess fat.

"We found that children who grew rapidly during that time period had a high risk of obesity at three years," said lead author Dr. Elsie Taveras, assistant professor in the department of ambulatory care and prevention at Harvard.

http://www.vancouversun.com/Health/healthy+babies+face+higher+obesity+risk/1444233/story.html

 

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