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Should Your Baby Be on a Diet?

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Should Your Baby Be on a Diet?

By Jenn Savedge, MNN

Should a baby be put on a diet? A new study seems to think so. In fact, ateam of U.S. doctors has urged that obesity screening start in the cradle after a study showed that half of U.S. children with weight problems became overweight before age 2.

According to the study, published in the journalClinical Pediatrics, the “critical period for preventing childhood obesity” is “the first two years of life and for many by 3 months of age.”

How did the researchers come to these conclusions? Theylooked at 480 medical records for patients between the ages of 2 and 20 at two medical practices in Virginia. The intent of the study was topinpoint the “tipping point” for weight issues in children. According to the study, the median age for when the children in the study became overweight was 22 months. One quarter of the children in the study reached their overweight “tipping point” at or before 5 months of age.

As a result, the researchers recommend that health care providers begin screening for excessive weight gain “as early as possible” to prevent childhood obesity, rather than trying to reverse a weight problem that has “spiralled out of control.”

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2:47PM PST on Nov 18, 2012

Babies on diets?

2:47PM PST on Nov 18, 2012

Babies on diets?

5:22AM PDT on Aug 15, 2012

To je do roditelaj,Ako djecu trpaju svakakvim smecem,nije dobro.

12:48PM PST on Feb 7, 2012

Very scary advice. Babies need fat for neurological development. What they don't need is junk food. I am often in awe of what some moms consider 'food' as soon as the child is able to eat solid food or table food. Feed children wholesome healthy food... and omit the Poptarts, sugary cereals, cookies, candy, etc, that I see way too many babies, as young as 12 months, eating as staples of their daily diets. Forget about the whole concept of 'diet', as it has a pejorative connotation...feed babies real food, as much as they want!

8:05PM PST on Jan 14, 2012

A "chubby" baby soon loses that 'baby fat' when they start to walk & run around. Children need: nutrients, vitamins, minerals etc

NO to baby diets!

8:31AM PDT on Oct 5, 2011

All infants and babies are on a diet. First it is a diet of breastmilk and/or formula, then solids are introduced to the diet, usually vegetables and fruits, with meat being added to the diet later.

The word diet refers to what we eat - not necessarily to a slimming diet... The important thing for all age groups is to have a healthy, balanced diet.

The problems arise when mothers add unhealthy foods to the child's diet, or make it unbalanced by allowing too many sugars, etc. I have seen mothers feed their children some things I found quite alarming for a baby or toddler, or in quantities that I would consider excessive.

8:27AM PDT on Oct 5, 2011

All infants and babies are on a diet. First it is a diet of breastmilk and/or formula, then solids are introduced to the diet, usually vegetables and fruits, with meat being added to the diet later.

The word diet refers to what we eat - not necessarily to a slimming diet... The important thing for all age groups is to have a healthy, balanced diet.

The problems arise when mothers add unhealthy foods to the child's diet, or make it unbalanced by allowing too many sugars, etc. I have seen mothers feed their children some things I found quite alarming for a baby or toddler, or in quantities that I would consider excessive.

7:06PM PDT on Sep 28, 2011

Babies don't need diets. They need breast mild so that the fat cells that do grow will go away. Formula fat cells are there for life and that is a bad start.

7:35AM PDT on Sep 24, 2011

thanks

2:40PM PDT on Aug 10, 2011

thanks

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