Study shows fat babies had higher risk of childhood obesity

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Jonesboro, AR (KAIT) -

According to a new study from Harvard Medical School, babies who gained weight quickly have a higher risk for obesity as a toddler.

The study closely followed 600 babies and found those in the top quater of their weight for their length at 6 months had a 40 percent higher risk of obesity by age 3 than smaller babies.

Many parents are asking, "Should I be alarmed if my baby is large?". Dr. Lowery Beck, with the Apache Drive Children's Clinic, says you should always consult your pediatrician if you feel your baby's weight gain is abnormal.

"There is such a thing as a fat baby, but that doesn't mean they are obese or overweight. We measure a child's weight along with it's height. A child could be tall for it's age, therefore making it weigh more."

Beck says other contributing factors to a child's weight are genetics and feeding habits.

"There usually isn't a problem with overfeeding your baby. Newborns or babies on a bottle will push the bottle away when they are finished. It's usually a pretty good indicator they are full. But as we get older, we encourage parents to teach their children healthy eating habits and exercise."

For more tips on how to encourage a healthy lifestyle for your children go to the Baby Talk section of our Health Page.

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