Childhood obesity can start at 9 month

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
May 23, 2011

Research has claimed that childhood obesity can start at just nine months, which will put fear into many parents who are worried about how their baby is feeding. It’s important for parents to be vigilant with their children with respect to the critical signs of childhood obesity.


The study - which was carried out by Brian G. Moss of Wayne State University and William H. Yeaton of the University of Michigan – disclosed that nine month old babies can develop the condition “childhood obesity”. So if you think it’s merely “puppy fat”, then you might want to get a second opinion on it. Essentially childhood obesity is when the child’s body needlessly stores up this excess fat content; it’s unable to burn it off naturally.


The researchers used almost 9000 babies and 7500 two year old toddlers and they collected data – such as their weight, height and demographics – from these. Using this data, they defined those who were above the 95 percentile for BMI to be “obese” and those in the 85-94 per cent bracket to be “at risk”.


They found that 32 per cent of the subjects were obese or were at risk of being obese; quite a startling statistic for kids so young. Some noticeable patterns were evident from the data that was collated.

  • Boys were more at risk of obesity than their female counterparts.
  • Latinos were a high risk demographic.
  • There was no evidence in the study to suggest that your geographical location had any bearing on your chances of being obese.
  • A family’s socio-economic rung wasn’t considered to be a factor for nine month old babies, but it was for the two year old toddlers. Lower class toddlers were more at risk from obesity than kids at the other end.

These points are well made and should be noted. Childhood obesity can start at nine months, so you should look into ways of stifling this or putting an end to it altogether. The report isn’t suggesting that you put your baby on a diet, far from it, but it’s merely pointing out that a baby can promote the disorder from a very young age.


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