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Fat Babies? An Obesity Epidemic Among Infants

By Jackie Burrell
Wednesday, January 19th, 2011 at 12:31 pm in Babies & Tots, Health & Safety.

Childhood Obesity (Illustration from MCT) Fascinating story in this morning’s paper by my colleague, Jessica Yadegaran, about the rising epidemic of obesity among infants. Yup, those dimpled cheeks and chubby thighs have gone far beyond what’s healthy.

“Ten years ago,” Jessica writes, “pediatrician Gary Bean began noticing a trend in his Oakland practice. Babies were increasingly bigger, and they weren’t thinning out by the time they were crawling and walking. Toddlers came to appointments clutching Jack in the Box bags, and when Bean asked parents what else their youngsters ate, they rattled off processed foods.”

Even more troubling, a new national study, published this month, has found that a third of the infants born in the U.S. are already obese or at risk for obesity. Check out the full story here.

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3 Responses to “Fat Babies? An Obesity Epidemic Among Infants”

  1. Ben Buchwalter Says:

    Is infancy too early to determine whether someone will be obese? I was born at 8 pounds 8 ounces and continued to be what one could call a fat baby. But that evened out pretty quickly.

  2. Lisa @ Best Laptop Deals Says:

    This is alarming. parents should watch and be careful
    of what they gave to their toddler.. thanks for sharing.

  3. Chris Says:

    Amazing that nearly 1/3 of nine month olds are obese or at risk for obesity. I always thought that kind of extra weight took more time to put on. This whole country needs to get re-educated about food and physical activity.

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