The American Journal Of Health Promotion conducted a long-term health study on 7500 babies born in 2001. The study concluded that 32 percent of babies in the U.S. were found to be too fat by 9 months of age, and more than 34 percent of them were overweight or obese by the time they were 2 years old.
The height (length was used for infants) and weight of the kids was measured at 9 months and 2 years of age. The study then compared those measurements to the CDC (Center for Disease Control) guidelines on their growth charts. Kids who were found to be over the 85th percentile for weight compared with height to be overweight. Those kids who were found to be above the 95th percentile were classified as obese.
The study went on to say that some of the most obese kids at 9 months had lost their extra weight by age 2. During that same period, some normal weight kids had become obese. The biggest concern of the study centered on the fact that 32 percent of the kids born in 2001 were in the overweight category. This was more than double the 15 percent of the kids whose measurements had been used to create the growth charts.
The study also showed that heavier weight at birth was not a predictor of future obesity as some of those kids thinned out quite rapidly, while some lower weight at birth babies got significantly more obese over time. Some speculated that this was because parents and physicians were over feeding the lower weight babies at birth to try and get them to put on weight.
Let me just use my own children as an example of how possibly flawed this study is. My oldest was the smallest birth weight of my 3 children and now he weighs the most. My youngest was the largest birth weight of my 3 children and he now weighs the least. He was also quite filled with rolls of baby fat when he was around 1 to 2 years of age, but now he is 6 feet 4 inches tall and if he weighs over 150 pounds I would be completely shocked.
Sure, there are some kids who are overweight. Some of it is due to poor eating habits. Some due to poor eating habits combined with no exercise. Some of it is genetics. Hopefully, people don't start putting their babies on diets in fear of having an obese child. If I had done that to my 15-year-old, he might have disappeared by the time he thinned out!