While I'm delighted at seeing my baby daughter begin to gain weight, it's got me thinking about childhood obesity and when you should start moderating the amount of food a child comsumes.

asked 28 Jan '10, 11:43

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+1 Nice question

(28 Jan '10, 14:18) Emi

We had periodic visits to our daughters Paediatrician, so weight was also something that was monitored as well, and I presume that any hereditary traits such as Obesity would and could also be monitored with the help of your Dr.

I think moderating the type of food a child consumes is just as important as the amount. Speaking from personal experience, my husband and I have adopted much healthier diets since becoming parents. Less takeaways and more home cooking with importance given to eating seasonal vegetables and fruits which in turn set a good example for our daughter to follow. How you eat and what you eat is also important I think.

You may like to check out Scotts anwser to the question Infant Growth Chart as well.

I found the information from Wikipedia to be very informative regarding Childhood Obesity. The paragraphs Dietary Sedentary Lifestyle Genetics and Home Environment can be of particular interest.


answered 28 Jan '10, 14:17

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edited 28 Jan '10, 17:51

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There was an interesting program about child obesity on panorama on 25/01/10, they were saying how important it is to get children eating right from the start and how if a child is fat by nursery age they have a higher risk of becoming a fat adult, it certainly opened my eyes to errors ive made.


answered 28 Jan '10, 18:15

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+1 for 'Panorama' (great documentaries)

(28 Jan '10, 18:39) Emi
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