10. Raise a Lean Baby
There once was a time when a plump baby was sure to win approval from grandmother. Now,
Are fat babies destined to become fat adults? Not necessarily, but there is a heavy tendency. A fat infant has a higher chance of becoming a fat child who has an even higher chance of becoming a fat teenager who has an even greater chance of becoming an obese adult. An obese infant has a one in five chance of remaining heavy at age five to eight year. An obese child has twice the chance of becoming an obese adult. An obese teenager has sixteen times the risk of becoming an obese adult. Fat children grow up with a physical, psychological, and emotional disadvantage, in addition to having a higher risk of adult diseases, such as heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Medical studies show that leaner people live longer and healthier lives.
Some babies are more prone to obesity than others. Here are the main risk factors to consider.
It’s in the Genes
Infants are at risk of obesity from what’s in the genes and what’s on the plate. Adopted children tend to follow the weight trends of their biological parents more than those of their adoptive parents. If both parents are obese, the child has an 80 percent chance of becoming obese; if one parent is obese, a 40 percent chance. If neither parent is obese, the child has only a 7 percent chance of being fat. Rather than saying that babies inherit obesity, it is more correct to say that they inherit a tendency toward obesity.