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If im overweight, will my baby be fat?

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Dr. Patricia Vuguin
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Lifestyle: Not necesaraly, but you need to change your lifestyle and teach you family good eating habits.
Dr. Oluwatobi Amosun
Specializes in Pediatrics
Maybe: Having an overweight parent definitely increases a child's risk of being overweight/obese. This is likely due to a combination of children patterning their eating habits and sedentary lifestyle of their parents as well as genetic tendency towards obesity. However, being aware of the weight struggles can be a powerful motivator for parents to adopt a healthy lifestyle for the whole family.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Maybe: There are genetic factors involved, so a baby with overweight parents may inherit from mom and dad some tendency to be overweight. There are familial but non-genetic factors also, one example being that because kids eat with their parents, the kids will be eating high-calorie foods if the parents eat high-calorie foods.

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