Do You Have a Heavy Baby?
The obesity epidemic in
the United States has spread even to the youngest children.
Infants are now 59 percent more likely to be overweight than
they were 20 years ago, and the number of overweight infants
increased by 74 percent, the researchers found.
A study of more than 120,000 children under 6 years of
age showed that the prevalence of overweight children increased
by more than half in the period between 1980 and 2001.
Additionally, the proportion of children at risk of becoming
overweight grew by more than a quarter.
This research suggests that obesity prevention may need to
start even before birth. Maternal body mass affects the weight
of infants at birth and after. Mothers are putting on more
weight during pregnancy compared with past decades, and there
has also been an increase in type 2 and gestational diabetes
among mothers, which also affect birth weight.
Another factor may be formula feeding, which causes faster
weight gain than breast feeding.
Early weight gain can have
consequences for long-term health, including increased risks
of high blood pressure and asthma.
Obesity July 2006; 14(7): 1107-1112
USA Today August 10, 2006
Forbes.com August 9, 2006
Dr. Mercola´s Comment:
If the hypothetical question posed by the
headline of this article doesn't alarm you, it should. This is
one of the primary reasons why the current generations of
children will not live as long as their parents.
The obesity epidemic has stretched to
infants, toddlers, and even newborns, thanks to factors like
overweight mothers, diabetes and no breastfeeding. This is one of the reasons
we have a diabetes epidemic in the United States, as one in
three adults, or 75 million Americans, have diabetes or
Childhood obesity is a grave problem,
advancing much more quickly than the CDC and others predicted. In addition to
taking care of yourself before your child's birth, you
should help them out afterward by setting guidelines and
educating children on good nutrition. Providing them with
nutritious meals and snacks will put them on the road to
making healthy decisions as adults.
TV is one of the most pernicious influences, and I couldn't
recommend stopping it more strongly. Not only will it
decrease your children's activity level, but also it will
expose them to commercials promoting worthless
Source: mercola.com -
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