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Study: Obesity must be dealt with at a young age

Amid a rising tide of obesity in the US comes word that the roots of the problem may reach deep.
Syracuse (WSYR-TV/ABC) - Amid a rising tide of obesity in the US comes word that the roots of the problem may reach deep.

In a report to the American Diabetes Association, researchers found that children who were overweight in kindergarten were more than five times as likely to be obese when they entered eighth grade as classmates of normal weight.

The study looked at more than 7,700 children ages 5 to 14 from 1998 to 2007.

Babies born 8.8 pounds or heavier who were overweight in kindergarten had a 41.2 percent chance of being obese by eighth grade. But high birth weight babies who were normal weight in kindergarten had just an 8.1 percent chance of being obese by age 14.

Boys were more likely to be obese than girls.

The authors conclude that we must deal with diet and weight at a very young age, even pre-K.

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