Pre and Post-Natal Risk Factors For Childhood Obesity

You may be able to minimize your child’s risk for childhood obesity through proper pre and post-natal care.  Premature babies have a significantly increased risk of developing obesity during childhood.  Being firstborn also increased the risk, as did bottle feeding.

Tobacco exposure during gestation and having an overweight mother also increased the chances of obesity.

A higher BMI at birth was found to be protective against childhood obesity.

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