Do fat babies grow up to be fat adults?

Research increasingly shows these infants are at higher risk of being obese later in life

New: Gift this subscriber-only story to your friends and family

If you are a parent of a fairly small baby, chances are your older relatives would advise or even nag at you to get your baby's weight up.

They will tell you that chubby babies are perceived to be well-fed and, thus, strong and healthy.

Already a subscriber? 

Read the full story and more at $9.90/month

Get exclusive reports and insights with more than 500 subscriber-only articles every month

Unlock these benefits

  • All subscriber-only content on ST app and

  • Easy access any time via ST app on 1 mobile device

  • E-paper with 2-week archive so you won't miss out on content that matters to you

Join ST's WhatsApp Channel and get the latest news and must-reads.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 27, 2018, with the headline Do fat babies grow up to be fat adults?. Subscribe