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Obesity 9 Months

Obesity 9 Months - Researchers found as many as one third of U.S. children at the age of nine months were obese or overweight or at risk of obesity and the rate varied by race and socioeconomic status.

The rate of obesity among 9-month-old infants seems greater than what was found in an early study released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which estimated the obesity rate among children aged between 2 to 5 years at about 12 percent.

The study was conducted by Brian G. Moss, PhD of Wayne State University and William H. Yeaton of University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and published in the January/February 2011 issue of American Journal of Health Promotion.

Moss and Yeaton measured weight for 8,900 9-month-olds who were born in 2001 and then followed 7,500 until they were 2 years old to monitor the change of their weight.

They found about one third of the children, who were representative of the U.S. pediatric population, were obese or at risk of becoming obese at 9 months. The rate increased to 34.3 percent at 2 years.

Hispanics and low socioeconomic status children were at higher risk of obesity, compared with other children. Females and Asian/Pacific Islanders were less likely to be obese at such ages.

In the United States, about 17 percent of all children and adolescents were obese, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported, citing the 2007-2008 NHANES.

Source: http://www.foodconsumer.org/newsite/2/Obesity/9-month-olds_obese_1231100543.html

Obesity 9 Months

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