Research highlights importance of proper weight management during early years

Feb 01, 2011

Pudgy babies can be adorable, but their weight could also be an indication of potential health problems down the road

Pudgy babies can be adorable, but their weight could also be an indication of potential health problems on the horizon.

WebMD reports that a study published in the American Journal of Health Promotion indicates that heavy infants at 9 months were also heaviest at age 2.

Furthermore, the research indicates that children of Hispanic decent and those from low-income families are more likely to have a weight problem, reports the news source. The study authors note it's important to remember that a heavy infant isn't necessarily destined for a life of obesity.

Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates that the number of overweight and obese children has steadily increased over the years. The CDC cites a study showing that a quarter of obese adults suffered from the condition as children.

Not carrying excess weight is important for more than aesthetic purposes. Obese individuals are far more likely than their normal-weight peers to receive a Type 2 diabetes diagnosis, have high blood pressure or high cholesterol levels.

Such health conditions can strain the healthcare system as well as cause a person's health insurance premiums to increase.  

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