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Fat babies are healthier, right?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
?your kidding right?: The physique of a healthy baby is a bit different from a healthy toddler /kid/adult.They have lax muscles that allow a full saggy belly & seem a bit pudgy with soft rolls. That said, there are also fat babies & they are not healthy. You grow new fat cells in infancy/puberty and pregnancy & an overfed fat baby is likely to face a lifetime of avoidable health problems. Your dr can define the limits.
Dr. Martin Fried
General Practice 36 years experience
Not always: There is such a thing as overweight even as early as 6 months of age. Some cases involve overfeeding. This is not necessarily healthy at all. Everything in moderation.

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