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Future obesity set by age 3 months?

Future obesity set by age 3 months?

Infants who become overweight by the age of 1 year have total body energy expenditures about 21 percent lower than infants who do not become overweight, and this slower metabolism appears by the age of 3 months, according to a study reported in the Feb. 25 NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE by scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge and the Dunn Nutrition Unit in Cambridge, England. In preventing obesity in infants of overweight mothers, an increase in physical activity might be more useful than reducing food intake, say the researchers. An accompanying report from the National Institutes of Health facility in Phoenix, Ariz., agrees that a person's inherited energy expenditure can contribute to obesity. Results from that study of Pima Indians were presented last fall at a seminar in Bethesda, Md. (SN: 11/14/87, p.309).
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Date:Mar 5, 1988
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