(Supported) A Chubby Baby is Not a Sign of Future Obesity

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Created on November 16 2015 at 10: 56 PM

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With childhood obesity on the rise, should parents be concerned about the weight of their babies?

Experts at the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) say parents should ask their child's health care provider to keep track of their child's weight from birth on up. But they shouldn't worry about the weight of a child younger than 2 years.

Members of the AAP Nutrition Committee say there is no information to support the belief that children in this age group who are overweight are more likely to be heavy later.

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Some healthy habits:



  • Breastfeed only for the first 6 months, and then with supplemental foods until 1 year or longer as desired by mother and baby. Babies who are breastfed for the first 6 months tend to be leaner. One reason is that breastfed babies only eat when they are hungry, not when encouraged by parents.




  • Unless instructed by your child's health care provider, don't try to encourage your baby to finish all of every bottle.




  • Offer more fruits and vegetables and less cereal and grains. Continue to offer frui...



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Compared with Evidence on Parenting-Checkpoint.com: Summary

Chubby babies do not necessarily become obese adults.

This viral article is supported by the following studies on Parenting-Checkpoint.com

Is Birth Weight Able to Predict Later Weight, Obesity, or Metabolism Syndrome?

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