Woman's age at puberty could determine her child's weight

Filed under: Health & Safety: Babies, Nutrition: Health, Development/Milestones: Babies, Media

There are a million and four reasons for obesity, it seems. Every day I wade through headlines screaming about the danger lurking in fried food, video games, the Internet, and fast food commercials. Ominous warnings pervade: we are getting bigger and bigger and bigger and soon we will just explode.

It seems that there is a brand new factor to blame for the obesity epidemic in North America and the UK: the age of their Mothers were when they hit puberty. According to new research, women who start having periods early are more likely than those who get them later to have overweight children. In addition, Mothers who had periods at a younger age tended to have children who were shorter and fatter than average.

I might get eaten alive in the comments for this, but I have to say that I don't buy the blame game. I do understand that obesity is sometimes the result of a medical condition, but I believe that for the most part, overweight kids can be linked directly and precisely with eating too much and exercising too little. Period.

The obesity problem is not found in countries that aren't flush with excess wealth and food. It's not evident in countries where walking and cycling are the preferred method of transport. Perhaps there is predisposition for obesity in our genes, but don't you think that any predisposition can be offset with running and kayaking and playing kickball? I really think so.

I was 17 when I got my first period. I guess there's a chance that Nolan will be wiry and lithe for the rest of my life, but I'd rather he play a lot of tag than rely on my skinny genes.

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AdviceMama Says:
Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.