Researchers say that obesity in children linked to heavier birth weight
It has been reported in the study that at each grade level and for both preterm and term children, children who were heavy as infants remained heavier than those children who were born at normal birth weight.health Updated: Jul 07, 2017 19:17 IST
A recent study has found out that babies, who weighed heavier at birth, are likely to be obese when they are in the period between kindergarten to second grade (age 5 to 8 years).
The study included 828 preterm children and 9358 term children. The findings suggest that counselling may be appropriate early in life for families of large infants to help prevent future obesity.
“We are hopeful that this data will be helpful for paediatricians, who can identify children with large birth weight and recommend healthy lifestyle practices to these families early on to try to avoid obesity later on,” said Mark DeBoer, senior author of the study. The study was published in Paediatric Obesity study.
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First Published: Jul 07, 2017 19:01 IST