Big babies are almost three times more likely to be obese as children, research suggested earlier this month. Newborns who weigh more than 8.8lbs (4kg) and whose mothers had diabetes while they were pregnant face the highest risk.
A study by the University of Alberta found they are 2.79 times more likely to be obese or overweight by the time they start school than babies born weighing a normal amount.
Infants are more likely to be born heavy if their mothers are overweight or if they piled on the pounds during pregnancy.
Experts say this can lead to babies becoming obese in later life if they inherit their mothers’ genes for the condition or if they pick up on her unhealthy eating habits. – dailymail.co.uk