Big babies risk becoming obese toddlers

by Alan Cooper

New research has found that babies who gain weight rapidly in the first six months of life risk growing into obese toddlers.
The findings of the study, published in the journal "Pediatrics" this week, are at odds with the belief of parents down the ages that bigger babies are healthier babies.
Researchers from Harvard Medical School and Children's Hospital Boston studied 559 children.
"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.
"For a long time there's been this kind of cultural affirmation that baby fat is healthy. We've always heard this message that baby fat will disappear and that it's not really associated with long-term obesity.
"I think the most important implication of our study is that that might not be true, and that we need to be a little more cautious in our message to mothers about their infant's growth," she said.

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Aug 28, 2015
I don’t believe in that myth NEW
by: Anonymous

write my assignment I don’t believe in that myth my daughter was born 9 pond, seems to be very healthy and now she’s 2 year old and she’s perfectly healthy by the grace of god I just want to say that maybe Dr. Elsie Taveras is right on some rare cases but it doesn’t apply on every child and it’s not myth it’s my personal experience

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May 11, 2009
Not my experience
by: Yvonne

I was blessed with two bouncing, fat babies. You know the kind - mini Michelin men with screw-on hands and feet!
They both grew into strong, healthy and lean pre-teens.
So to all those parents out there with "fat" babies - don't panic.
Provide a healthy diet, avoid too much junk food and fizzy drinks and make sure they stay active. They'll be just fine.

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