A Chubby Baby is Not a Sign of Future Obesity
With childhood obesity on the rise, should parents be concerned about the weight of
Experts say parents should ask their child’s healthcare provider to keep track of
their child's weight from birth on up. But they shouldn't worry about the weight of
a child younger than age 2.
Experts say there is no information to support the belief that children in this age
group who are chubby are more likely to be heavier later.
Start healthy habits now
Here are some healthy habits to try:
Breastfeed only for the first 6 months, and then continue to breastfeed along with
supplemental foods until age 1 or longer as desired by mother and baby. Babies who
are breastfed for the first 6 months tend to be leaner. One reason is that breastfed
babies only eat when they are hungry, not when encouraged by parents.
Unless instructed by your child's healthcare provider, don't encourage your baby to
finish every bottle.
Offer more fruits and vegetables, and less cereal and grains. Continue to offer fruits
and vegetables as finger foods are introduced.
Only breastmilk or formula should be given in bottles, unless told otherwise by your
child's healthcare provider.
Juice isn't necessary and is actually less nutritious than actual fruit. Avoid introducing
fruit juice or wait until your child is a toddler. If you choose to offer juice, wait
until age 6 months and give no more than 4 ounces of 100% juice daily.
Avoid fruit punch, soft drinks, and other sweetened drinks.
As parents, eat well and stay active. Your children will model what they see you doing.
Babies stay active naturally as they learn to roll over, move their heads, crawl,
and walk. Their growth slows between the ages of 12 and 15 months. Parents should
understand this is normal and it doesn’t mean there is something wrong with their