Child Health, Obesity and The Puppy Fat Myth

It is a common misconception that it is OK for children to be overweight as they will lose weight when they get older. In most cases children that are overweight or obese at the age of 5 will continue to be obese into adulthood. There is no such thing as “puppy fat” for children, only babies should carry some extra protective fat. As soon as children are walking and running they should be slim and fit. It is now estimated that around 25% of all under 5 year-olds are overweight and many of these will go in to develop serious weight related illnesses such as Type 2 Diabetes.

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