Future Obesity Clues Could Surface in 6-Month-Olds, Study Suggests
Early signs ofِ childhood obesity couldِ beِ detected inِ the weight gains ofِ infants asِ young asِ 6 months old, suggests a newِ study.
Babies wereِ twiceِ asِ likely toِ becomeِ obese byِ the age ofِ 5, andِ 75 percent asِ likely toِ becomeِ obese byِ the age ofِ 10, ifِ their weight duringِ their firstِ two years jumped upِ twoِ orِ moreِ percentiles, asِ measured onِ growth charts.
Elsie Taveras, co-director ofِ the Obesity Prevention Program atِ the Harvard Medical School andِ lead author ofِ the newِ study.
Predicting childhood obesity
During everyِ well-child visit, pediatricians record theِ weight andِ length ofِ their young patients.
Previous studies haveِ foundِ that children ages 5 toِ 10 areِ more likelyِ to beِ overweight ifِ their weight-for-length wasِ aboveِ the 95th percentile atِ anyِ time duringِ their infancy, Taveras said.
The researchers foundِ that 11.6 percent ofِ the children wereِ obese (had a body mass index atِ or aboveِ the 95th percentile forِ their age andِ sex) atِ the age ofِ 5, andِ 16.1 percent wereِ obese atِ age 10.
Preventing childhood obesity
Children whoِ areِ obese areِ at a high risk forِ a number ofِ health issues, including Type 2 diabetes andِ hypertension.
At theِ very least, Taveras saidِ that high weight-for-length gains shouldِ prompt conversations betweenِ parents andِ pediatricians, andِ investigations intoِ why theِ infant isِ growing soِ rapidly.
7) inِ the journal Archives ofِ Pediatrics andِ Adolescent Medicine..