To deduce the predisposition for obesity in children is generally to look at the genetics of the father and mother and to understand if the parents were obese as children, they would look to their own parents as a source of information. Therefore, any plausible article on infant weight gain is in fact unjustified and should be used in dispelling the myth of what chubby babies will lead to with respect to childhood obesity problems. Childhood obesity problems can more often than not, be tied to genetic medical problems such as thyroid or pancreatic problems. or, even lack of exercise and poor choice in dietary selections.
The study entitled Infant Weight Gain and Childhood Overweight Status in a Multicenter, Cohort Study, followed 27,899 eligible participants who were born full term between the years of 1959 and 1965 with a main outcome measure of having an overweight status at the age of seven with a body mass index above the 95th percentile based on the CDC’s reference data. Of the participants that formed part of the study, it was concluded there was correlation between rapid increases in weight of as much as 100g / month during the first four months of life were in fact linked to a child being overweight at the age of seven years.
The majority of this study was in finding that the greatest cause for concern was during the ages of birth and four months where it would have appeared that if an infant were to gain above the allowable x g/month, then this would then show that at the age of seven years, the child would automatically be obese for the rest of his/her childhood years. The findings from this study had the authors’ concluding that through confirmation of other studies in the same subject area found a…
The natural inclination toward a parent when they see their chubby baby is to immediately assume that child is moving toward being an obese child which is not entirely the case and more studies should be conducted on those variables that are obviously not being taken into consideration such as the child have paternal parents that were obese or not obese as a child of the very same age, medical evaluations that have not taken place yet to ensure there could be an explanation based on the findings. There is enough evidence to contradict the findings of the researchers and doctors involved in the research as there really are no such findings that point to unequivocal and empirical evidence that obesity can be pinpointed to the infancy years. Doctors and pediatricians will simply point out that as long as the infant is eating normally and drinking formula or breastfeeding and gaining adequate weight, there is no cause for alarm. Other factors that were not completely taken into account in the two articles critiqued were the growth spurts that occur at various stages during the first year of infancy. Specifically, the four month study results are during the exact time of the second growth spurt that an infant will experience and the amount of weight gain that these infants in the study were extremely normal with respect to coming out of a recent growth spurt where their entire eating is based on bone and muscle mass increases.