The United States still suffers from a wave of obesity, which affects adults and children alike. Over the past 30 years, more children have become obese in the US. Public programs have not worked. Now, research suggests that a newborn’s fat mass is related to childhood obesity. 

Childhood Obesity in the US

CNN reports that about 13.7 million children in the US are obese. Due to their behavior or genetics, these children weigh way above the normal ranges for their ages and heights.

Newborn Fat Mass and Childhood Obesity

The journal Pediatrics published a study that says bigger newborns could grow up to be obese children. In the CNN report, the study noted that greater newborn fat mass could lead to obesity between 2 and 6 years old. 

Study senior author Dr. Dana Dabelea said that their study was the first to connect newborn fat mass and childhood obesity. Dr. Dabelea teaches at the Anschutz Medical Campus at the University of Colorado.

Their study wanted to find out how newborn fat mass relates to BMI and childhood overweight. Obesity increases one’s risk of getting heart disease, diabetes, and other disorders.

Healthy Diets for Pregnant Women

According to Dr. Dabelea, eating unhealthy food and not exercising could lead to bigger babies. A healthy mom gives birth to a healthy baby. Eating fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and a lot of proteins can boost a pregnant woman’s health.

The CDC recommends that pregnant women should take vitamins regularly. They should also get vaccinated. If they struggle with mental health issues, they should also seek help.

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