In UK today, 27% of children are now overweight.
Yet the “tipping point” that sets children on the way to a lifetime of obesity often occurs before the age of two, say US researchers. The reason for this is not well-understood, although contributing factors may include poor diet, early introduction to solid foods, and lack of exercise. In addition, food preferences may be set by the age of two, so changing a child’s eating behavior at a later stage may be difficult.
In another study, results show that kids who were cared for full-time by their grandparents had increased risk of obesity by 34%. The study did not look into why this is, but indulgence of children and lack of physical exercise were two possible explanations.
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