The methods used for adults don't work well for kids, but there is one measure that is useful. Welcome to the It's NOT Just Baby Fat blog. Let me start by introducing myself. Baby Fat and BMI. Like adults, many teens have a tough time managing their weight, with one out of every three teens either overweight or obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control, which also says that an overweight teen is more likely to become an overweight adult.
About 17 percent of 2- to year-olds in the U.S. are obese, and obese children, even as young as 2, are more likely to become obese adults, according to the Centers for Disease Control and. The baby fat, known to scientists as brown fat, burns calories and uses energy. It's called the "good fat," as compared to white fat, which just hangs around and .
While a large baby may not become an overweight child, a child who is obese often remains obese as an adult. To keep your baby at a healthy weight: Monitor your weight gain during pregnancy. Excessive weight gain during pregnancy can increase a baby's birth weight. Research suggests that as birth weight increases, so does the risk of childhood obesity. An overweight baby looks fat. Such a baby is not necessarily a healthy one. The infants who continue to be overweight as children and adults usually have parents, siblings, or grandparents who are overweight. Any infant with a strong family tendency toward obesity needs help. Overfeeding teaches a child to overeat.
Pediatric cardiologist Reginald Washington, MD, is Krebs' co-chairman on the American Academy of Pediatrics' Task Force on Obesity. Even if heavier babies are at greater risk for becoming heavy. Extremely overweight babies-who are more than 20 percent above the median for their height and skeletal structure-have a significant chance of eventually becoming obese adults. If .