Young Kids Getting Fatter – 1 in 5 Four Year Olds Are Obese

A new study out by the Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine Journal is reporting that 1 in 5 toddlers are obese. Not just a little baby fat, but obese to where it causes health concerns for the heart and probable diabetes later in life. Researchers calculated the body mass index from a sample of 8,550 Hispanic, black, white, Asian and Native American 4-year-olds. The children were born in 2001, and in 2005, their height and weight were measured – 18.4 percent of them were obese. “It’s a very bad sign if we see obesity at a young age,” Robinson said. “When we see children obese at age 4, we’re likely to see complications – high blood pressure, abnormal lipids – which can lead to heart disease and stroke, diabetes in children. “Diseases commonly seen in 40- or 50-year-olds are presenting in 6- and 7-year-olds. Obese children are developing type 2 diabetes, fatty liver disease and musculoskeletal problems, which occur because their bodies can’t carry that much weight, doctors said. What can parents do to prevent their child from becoming obese? A healthy, well-balanced diet along with play and exercise is the best bet against obesity. Start today and get the whole family involved.

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