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Chubby cheeks and dimpled thighs have long been a mother's
proof of a healthy, well-fed baby. But those roly-poly infants now
may be a sign of something much different: America's growing
problem with weight.
Even babies under 6 months old are more likely to be overweight
today compared with those 20 years ago, a study of Massachusetts
Fewer than 1 in 10 babies was found to be too fat, but the rate
was still up substantially from two decades ago. That's worrisome
because research has shown that accelerated weight gain in a
child's early months can predict weight problems and higher blood
pressure later in life, said senior author Dr. Matthew Gillman,
associate professor at Harvard Medical School.