Heavy Babies

Under a headline reading, "Study urges starting child obesity battle before birth," today's Houston Chronicle reports on an Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine report that found that 1-in-5 3-year-old children are obese.

"Perhaps more disconcerting for Texas and its rapidly growing population of Latinos, the study found that Hispanic children were, by far, the heaviest group," the Chronicle reports.

The health costs of treating heavier children, who develop diabetes and heart problems at an earlier age, are higher than those for children of normal weights.

"This is a very worrisome problem for Texas," said Dr. Jane Lynch, an associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. "There appears to be a real correlation here between Hispanic children and obesity."

Read the full article.

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Published in: on June 8, 2006 at 1:48 pm  Leave a Comment  

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