Kids’ Path to Obesity Starts in Kindergarten
Childhood weight plays a major role in future obesity, according to a study of more than 7,700 kindergartners. Researchers measured the kids’ height and weight seven times during the course of nine years and found that children who were overweight in kindergarten were four times as likely as normal-weight kids to become obese by age 14. In fact, nearly half of all cases of obesity observed between kindergarten and eighth grade occurred in children who were overweight at 5. This major study suggests efforts to curb childhood obesity need to start before kids enter school.
Source: The New England Journal of Medicine, Jan. 30, 2014