Study finds early warning signs of babies at risk of becoming obese
Tue, 08 Nov 2011 10:08:31 GMT —
A new study says you can tell if your baby is at risk of becoming obese later on by the time they are 2 years old.
Researchers say once babies pass two key points on doctors' growth charts by the age of 2 they face a higher risk of being obese at age 5. Those babies are also more likely to be obese by age 10.
Infants whose chart numbers rose that much during their first 6 months faced the greatest risks of obesity.
The study's lead author, Elsie Taveras, is an obesity researcher at Harvard Medical School. She says the research points to the idea that heavier babies does not mean healthier babies.
Some skeptics are worried people will start putting infants on unnecessary diets. Dr. Michelle Lampl of Emory University says that's a bad idea that could backfire in the long run because babies often grow in spurts."It reads like a very handy rule and sounds like it would be very useful and that's my concern," Lampl said.
She and another experts say more research should be done to confirm if the study's recommendation is a realistic way to tell if infants are headed for obesity. They wrote an editorial to accompany the study in the journal Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine.