Same genes linked to rapid infant growth, later weight gains

Oct. 21, 2014, HealthDay

By Steven Reinberg

Infants who quickly add weight and length may be showing a genetic propensity for obesity as toddlers, a new study suggests.

In adults, certain genes have been linked to increased body fat, but the same genes in infants promote proportionate gains in fat and lean muscle, the researchers said. Continue reading

Simple formula may predict obesity risk at birth

Nov. 29, 2012, HealthDay

Can a child’s risk of becoming obese be¬†predicted at birth?

British researchers report that a simple formula that uses the child’s birth weight, the body mass index of the parents, the number of people in the household, the mother’s professional status, and whether she smoked during pregnancy showed which babies were at most risk. Continue reading

Shifting the obesity paradigm in young children to guidelines for healthy growth

On Sept. 22, at a symposium on dietary guidelines for infants and young children, Jose Saavedra, vice president of medical and scientific affairs at Nestlé Nutrition and associate professor at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, discussed shifting the obesity paradigm among infants and young children from dietary guidelines to healthy growth options directed to both parents and children. Continue reading