Obesity - Research Article from Encyclopedia of Childhood and Adolescence

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Infancy Through School Age

Some babies are born obese, chiefly the result of diabetic mothers, obese mothers, or mothers with excessive pregnancy weight gains. The causes of neonatal obesity are therefore obvious; excessive insulin produced by the fetus itself in the first case and an excessive supply of transplacental nutrients in the latter cases. Neonatal obesity does not necessarily translate into childhood or later obesity, but there is an increased probability if the obese neonate is born into (or adopted into) an obese family.

Some babies actually become obese because of infant-care workers, grandmothers, or other parent-surrogates. Such care-giving individuals may simply value infant obesity ("a nice plump baby"), or they may use the bottle to quiet the infant, or to demonstrate their own competence as child-rearers. Because infants who are obese on their first birthday may be physically delayed in crawling and walking, they are therefore delayed in...

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