Teenage Obesity: A Warning...
The British Medical Journal has published a study looking at weight patterns in emerging adolescents. What they found shatters the myth that "puppy fat" (or "baby fat" as we call it in the States) disappears with adolescence.
They looked at over 5800 children as they moved from childhood into adolescence.
Kids who had weight problems prior to the teenage years, continued to be overweight as adolescents.
This study is important because it reminds us that overweight is overweight, and parents should not just wait and hope they "grow into it" as kids get older.
As a side note, this study also observed that children of certain ethnicities and socioeconomic status were more likely to be overweight. Nothing new here, but just a reminder that obesity has both genetic and environmental origins.