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CAUSES OF OBESITY
(from The Developing Person through Childhood, by Kathleen Berger & Ross Thompson)
CAUTION: Okay, even though I just quoted that, I want to caution you not to, and not to recommend putting an infant on a diet EVER without consulting a pediatrician or other health care professional. Normal babies have a certain amount of fat. You would be well-advised to check and see if your baby's weight is significantly above average before starting him or her on a diet and do so only under medical supervision. As far as middle childhood, well I have many resources to recommend. Keep reading.
My three older children are prime examples of these factors at work. One daughter is a cheerleader, on the track team, and leads a relatively active social life. When she and her friends go out (which is often) they spend hours walking around the malls, with an occasional stop at a movie. She is about average weight, or slightly below. Her diet is fairly typical for a teenage girl, meaning that sometimes she skips meals because something much more important (in her view, anyway) is going on, and other times she pigs out on junk food. The third child is very thin. She is extremely involved in sports and has been practicing in one organized sport or another at least ten hours a week since she was six years old. She eats an embarrassing amount. For example, at a birthday party tonight, she ate two pieces of cake and drank SIX boxes of juice. She would have had more if I hadn't stopped her. In the past year, she has grown four inches taller and gained one pound.
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