Patricia Reaney writes for Reuters about a new study showing quick growth among the very young can lead to obesity.
Big babies and infants who gain weight very quickly early in life have a higher risk of suffering from obesity.
A review of 24 studies published online by the British Medical Journal on Friday showed that size early in life has a life-long impact.
"In the majority of studies the infants who were heaviest or those with the highest body mass index (BMI), and those who gained weight more rapidly in the first two years of life were more at risk of obesity," Dr Janis Baird, of the University of Southampton, in southern England, told Reuters.
"This was true for obesity in childhood, adolescence and adulthood."
In Disease-Proof Your Child, Dr. Fuhrman talks extensively about the merits of children's growing slowly. Parents may be scratching their heads about how they can control their children's growth. In the book, Dr. Fuhrman goes into some detail about how some foods, like dairy, promote fast growth. The book also describes how fast growth can increase the likelihood of other health problems, including some cancers.