Weight gain by children as young as 5 years old — and up through their teen years — can influence their health later in life, according to a recently released study spanning a quarter of a century.
Following kids and teens ages 5 to 19 years old (and up to 30 to 48 years old at the end of a follow-up segment), researchers found that risk factors for diabetes can begin in childhood, and that weight management is important even in those early years.
The first leg of the study was a multistage survey conducted between 1972 and 1978. The follow-up study was conducted between 2000 and 2004. The 814 boys and girls in the study were recruited from one school district in the Cincinnati area.
—Written by Katie Bunker. Reprinted with permission from the American Diabetes Assn. (www.diabetes.org)