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21 March 2013

What is the risk that your baby will become overweight or obese at some point during their childhood?

Kid on Scale - Source: LA County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky - zev.lacounty.gov

Today, we're going to help you find out using new research developed by a number of international researchers to determine the likelihood that an infant will be overweight or obese as they grow older, based only upon a handful of risk factors that are evident when they are infants.

Just enter the indicated data in our tool below, and we'll do the researchers' math for you!

Factors Affecting Childhood Obesity
Input Data Values
Mother's Height [in]
Mother's Weight [pounds]
Father's Height [in]
Father's Weight [pounds]
Did the mother smoke during pregnancy?
How much weight did the mother gain during pregnancy? [pounds]
Child's Race or Ethnicity

Risk of Childhood Obesity
Calculated Results Values
Risk for Childhood Obesity
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In the tool above, perhaps the most difficult input value to consider is your child's race or ethnicity, where you can only select one option. In case those individual options don't apply for your child's race or ethnicity, you should select the option that would correspond to a greater risk of obesity for your child, as determined by statistical health studies of each group in the U.S. population, which have found the black or African American population to be the most at risk, followed by Hispanics, then the white population and finally the Asian population.


Morandi A, Meyre D, Lobbens S, Kleinman K, Kaakinen M, et al. (2012) Estimation of Newborn Risk for Child or Adolescent Obesity: Lessons from Longitudinal Birth Cohorts. PLoS ONE 7(11): e49919. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0049919.

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