Puppy Fat is a Myth

By Dietitian, Juliette Kellow BSc RD

According to a new study published online by British Medical Journal, the idea that children lose their puppy fat as they get older is science fiction rather than science fact!

The study, which tracked more than 5,800 children in South London schools, found that those children who started secondary school at the age of 11 with a weight problem, continued with it throughout their school years. In particular, girls from ethnic minorities and low income families were more likely to be overweight or obese.

The researchers conclude that children who are obese when they enter secondary school are likely to be obese when they leave school, too.

WLR says:

This study confirms that overweight teenagers are more likely to become overweight adults and highlights just how important it is to help children to tackle excess weight as soon as possible – as well as helping to prevent them from becoming overweight or obese in the first instance.

If you’re not sure whether your child has a weight problem, ask your GP for advice – and remember that the standard Body Mass Index chart used for adults is unsuitable for growing children.

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