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Rapid Weight Gain In Infancy May Lead To Obesity At Age 7

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February 6, 2002
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Childrens Hospital Of Philadelphia
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Rapid rates of weight gain during infancy could be linked to obesity later in childhood, report researchers in the February issue of Pediatrics. By studying a large, diverse cohort of U.S. children, researchers at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine found that rapid weight gain during the first four months of life was significantly associated with an increased risk of being overweight at age seven, regardless of birth weight and weight at one year of age.

Philadelphia, Pa. – Rapid rates of weight gain during infancy could be linked to obesity later in childhood, report researchers in the February issue of Pediatrics. By studying a large, diverse cohort of U.S. children, researchers at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine found that rapid weight gain during the first four months of life was significantly associated with an increased risk of being overweight at age seven, regardless of birth weight and weight at one year of age.


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