Everyone loves cute chubby babies. And it's absurd to think of any baby or infant as being categorized as overweight or needing to lose weight. After all, baby fat is normal! But a new study has found that the rate at which an infant grows may help predict if that child grows up to be obese.
According to the study that was published in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, babies who grow too fast — in both weight and height — are more likely to be classified as obese. Of the more than 44,000 babies who were studied, researchers found that those infants who had huge jumps in weight and height before age 2 were twice as likely to be obese at age 5 and 75 percent more likely to be obese at age 10, according to the Los Angeles Times.
We all know that childhood obesity is a big problem and one that hasn't been fully solved yet. Researchers don't go as far to suggest how to slow growth down, but it seems wrong to put babies on a restricted diet. So we're going to recommend what makes the most sense: for mom and baby to eat healthy nutritous foods and be active!
Jennipher Walters is the CEO and co-founder of the healthy living websites FitBottomedGirls.com and FitBottomedMamas.com. A certified personal trainer, lifestyle and weight management coach and group exercise instructor, she also holds an MA in health journalism and regularly writes about all things fitness and wellness for various online publications.