usually wait till kids are toddlers, or older, before diagnosing them as obese.
But a new study may change all that. According to its findings, babies as young
as two months of age already show growth patterns that can predict their weight
at their fifth birthday.
research results, discovered by Case Western Reserve University’s Frances Payne
Bolton School of Nursing and Tennessee State University, were published in the
journal Clinical Pediatrics.
study analyzed the records of more than 200 healthy children,
scanning their height, weight and medical data over nine checkups during
their first five years. Soon, a trend emerged: Normal-weight babies with a BMI in the 17th percentile tended to level off there at 2 months of age and stay there for the next 5 years. But babies who were obese or overweight tended to jump past that 17th-percentile mark around 14 months of age, and keep on going, their BMIs rising through their preschool years.
study is significant because it’s the first to exclusively use healthy babies
and children to track early weight patterns. The researchers were also able
to look through the mothers’ medical records, seeing whether they
smoked, which could affect their babies’ weight.
study’s authors suspect that how we moms eat during pregnancies may influence
our baby’s hormones and ability to feel satisfied and full.