The Question: Are there specific periods in infancy and childhood when excessive weight gain is most associated with adolescent obesity? The Study: In this Dutch study, the weights of 772 girls and 708 boys were followed from birth to adolescence. The Results: Weight gain during two periods-two to four years and four to seven years-were most predictive of adolescent obesity. They also found that the relationship was even stronger if the children’s mothers smoked tobacco. Comment: Obesity is never good in children. It seems, however, to be most predictive for future obesity at certain ages and having a mother who smokes may not help. Pediatricians should be aware of when their young patients may be at risk of obesity as an adolescent and help inform the parents. Read More: The Journal of Pediatrics, 02/13

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