Mei Z, et al. Does overweight in infancy persist through the preschool years? An analysis of CDC Pediatric Nutrition Surveillance System data. Soz Praventivmed. 2003;48(3):161-167.
The authors’ goal was to determine whether overweight in infancy (birth to11 months) and young childhood (12 months to 35 months) continued through the preschool years. The following were among the research findings: Children who were overweight in younger years were at greater risk of being overweight in later childhood years. For example, 62.5% of overweight 3-year-olds were still overweight a year later, but only 4.1% of non-overweight 3-year-olds became overweight a year later. Low-birthweight children had the highest risk of remaining overweight after they became overweight, compared with normal-weight and high-birthweight children.