Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Baby Fat or Early Obesity?

“Although most childhood obesity efforts are targeted at schoolchildren, the best time to prevent weight problems may be in early childhood and infancy, reports Roni Rabin in Tuesday’s Science Times. She writes: New research suggests that interventions aimed at school-aged children may be, if not too little, too late. More and more evidence points to pivotal events very early in life — during the toddler years, infancy and even before birth, in the womb — that can set young children on an obesity trajectory that is hard to alter by the time they’re in kindergarten. The evidence is not ironclad, but it suggests that prevention efforts should start very early. To learn more, read the full story, “Baby Fat May Not Be So Cute After All,” and then please join the discussion below.”


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