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Thursday, September 28, 2017
Why is being overweight or obese unhealthy for my baby?
Being overweight or obese at any age raises a person’s risk of developing diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease earlier in life. Being overweight or obese can also affect your child’s self-esteem as he grows up. It can also make him more likely to be bullied.
Can diseases like diabetes and heart disease be prevented?Many chronic diseases, like diabetes or heart disease, are preventable. These diseases can start during the first 1,000 days (approximately from conception through age 2) of your baby’s life. Practicing healthy behaviors during this time can help shape the lifelong health of both children and their mothers.
What are the most common predictors of childhood The most common predictor of childhood obesity is maternal obesity before or during pregnancy. Other factors that can predict whether your child is overweight include:
What are some small steps I can take now to help give my baby a healthy start?
Where can I learn more about obesity and how it affects my baby?
MassGeneral Hospital for Children and Massachusetts General Hospital do not endorse any of the brands listed on this handout. This handout is intended to provide health information so that you can be better informed. It is not a substitute for medical advice and should not be used to treatment of any medical conditions.
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