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The first two years of baby's life are filled with well-visit checkups at the pediatrician's office. Every time I pop my kid on the scale, I'm dying to know how his weight and height measure up with other babies -- and the doctor usually consults growth charts and lets me know. (Of course, if he's over or under what's expected, I wonder what I must have done wrong, despite the fact that he's perfectly healthy.)
Recently, though, it appears a growing number of babies are falling into the "over" category. A new study published in the American Journal of Health Promotion found that, of 7,500 9-month-old babies across the country, almost 32 percent were overweight. Thirty-four percent were overweight by age 2. Researchers blame diets high in sugar and fat -- and improper portion control -- and encourage parents to make healthy changes as soon as possible if their baby falls into the heaviest category (above the 85th percentile for weight).
Now for the good news: Some of the heaviest 9-month-olds were back in the healthy weight range by the time they turned 2. So, if your babe has been deemed overweight, it doesn't mean he will be forever.
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