FAT BABIES ARE HEALTHIER- TRUE OR FALSE
What do you think? Fat babies are healthier – True or False. After birth, a baby initially tend to lose some weight and then gradually gain weight based on the food he eats. Obesity is never good at any age—being overweight in babyhood could lead to obesity in adulthood.
What causes over weight and obesity in children?
For some children, genetics may play a part. Often though, if being overweight tends to run in the family, it is just as likely that it is due to the similar dietary and life-style habits of family members. There’s some evidence that obesity may start in the womb. Higher weight babies born to women who are obese during pregnancy are more likely to develop metabolic syndrome and children who are breast fed are less likely to become overweight or obese. These factors may contribute towards excess weight gain in a child, but in truth it comes down to what a child eats—not just the quantity.
Proper nutrition that is balanced is necessary. Babies need good fats in their diet which are present in perfect balance in mother’s milk. It has all the essential fats that a baby needs. These essential fats contribute to a better quality cell membrane which allows nutrients and oxygen to get into the cell more easily and helps carbon dioxide and other waste products to leave the cell efficiently.
“Too much of anything is bad”. A baby should get enough food to grow well, but not so much that he accumulates a large superfluous store of fat. A fat baby is likely to become a fat adult – with the attendant risk of developing heart diseases and other disorders. It is also more difficult for fat baby who has gone on to become a fat adult to lose weight in adulthood as compared to a fat adult who was normal as a baby and grew fat later. This is because when a baby is overfed a large number of fat storage cells are formed under his skin as compared to those present in a thin baby. Because of the higher number of fat storage cells in his skin, such a baby becomes fat quicker during his adulthood and it is harder for him to lose weight.
You should therefore be careful in preventing your baby from getting fat. If your baby has a tendency to get fat, his intake of starchy and sweet foods should be cut down. He should be offered fruits and raw vegetables as a snack between meals instead of biscuits, sweets, chocolates and crisps. Consult your doctor if the problem persists.