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Weight Gain in Infancy Can Determine Obesity Later In Life

Posted Mar 28 2009 12:00am

New research has shown that rapid weight gain during the first six months of life may place a child at risk for obesity by age 3. There is increasing evidence that rapid changes in weight during infancy increase children’s risk of later obesity. The study funded by the National Institutes of Health examined how weight and body length, or weight-for-length, in infancy can influence later obesity. In over 2000 pregnant women and their children, those that gained most weight in the first 6 months of life were obese by age 3.

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