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.