'Weight Fate' for Kids Decided at an Early Age

Ad Feedback

A new study shows much of a child's "weight fate" is determined by the age of 5.

The study in this week's New England Journal of Medicine also finds nearly half of kids who were obese by the eighth grade were already overweight when they started kindergarten.

The study followed a nationwide sample of more than 7,700 children through grade school.

Overweight 5 year olds were four times as likely as normal-weight children to become obese.

"A lot of the risk of obesity seems to be set, to some extent, really early in life," Solveig Cunningham, a scientist at Emory University, said.

The Centers for Disease Control says some weight gain is normal. In order to keep kids healthy it is important to balance a child's calorie intake and exercise.

Log in or create an account to post a comment.  

CBN IS HERE FOR YOU!

Are you seeking answers in life? Are you hurting? Are you facing a difficult situation?

Find peace with God, discover more about God or send us your prayer request.

Call The 700 Club Prayer Center at 1 (800) 823-6053, 24 hours a day.

A caring friend will be there to pray with you in your time of need.

CBNNews.com

CBNNews.com

CBN News is a national/international, nonprofit news organization that provides programming by cable, satellite, and the Internet, 24-hours a day. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.