Kindergarten Weight Predicts Later Obesity
A child’s kindergarten weight predicts overweight or obesity later in life, a study found. Researchers measured height and weight in 6,600 kids seven times during 1998–2007. In all, 28 percent were obese between the ages of 5 and 14. Of those, 47 percent became either normal weight or just a bit overweight by age 14, while 53 percent were still obese at ages 11 to 14. The higher the child’s kindergarten weight compared with other kids, the greater his or her risk of staying obese as a preteen and teenager. But there’s good news: Even a slight weight loss among the heavy kids in kindergarten meant less chance of later obesity. According to the researchers, it’s never too early to promote healthy weight in kids.