Health Tips: Risk Factors Predict Childhood Obesity

High birth weight, rapid weight gain, and having an overweight mother who smokes can all increase the risk of a baby becoming obese later in childhood, according to research by experts at The University of Nottingham. The study was published in the latest edition of the journal Archives of Disease in Childhood.

Children who were breastfed, however briefly, were 15 percent less likely to become overweight in childhood compared to those children who were never breastfed.