Is there a formula for childhood obesity?
Online calculator available for parents
- Duration 3:53
- Date Nov 30, 2012
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Yeah yeah I don't hear her friend and I didn't -- -- -- fantastic and -- coming up right now a new online test.
May help parents predict if their baby will actually be obese.
It's a simple formula that takes into account the child's birth weight.
The parent body mass index BM mine.
Household size -- professional status.
And whether or not mom smoked during pregnancy so.
This is actually right joining us now is a Fox News medical director doctor Marc Siegel part of our eighteen here great to see you again on his geography.
I can't -- a new study fascinating on many many fronts do you -- well.
I feel like -- -- opening point that it's too good to be true and I also -- suspicious of these calculators you know plug in this and you have future success.
I think it's too simplistic you know but I what I do like about it is I like the idea of parents looking when the child is born and saying what risks does this child have.
Because that's the period of time Gretchen when parents are most susceptible to making changes.
If you're pregnant and -- -- coming and they save you some professional says you look.
-- -- there's a high risk that they're gonna gain a lot of weight.
This study shows about an 80% predictive value meaning that 80% of the time a baby is going to be overweight.
If you predicted the biggest predictor here is the way to the parents so in other words you don't need to be a rocket scientist to figure that out but maybe you should be reminded if you yourself for overweight.
If your husband is overweight may be your child -- this is -- So people would get that your right you don't have to be at heart surgeon or -- rocket scientist to figure that one out but.
Household sites -- mean -- when you see here a year a BGY and how do you change that before you gonna have your baby.
And then mothers professional status so so what mom's gonna change your career and suddenly kid's gonna be skinny.
No -- -- -- not and that's the one that has the weakest science to it but I think the suggestion there is if you're in -- lower socioeconomic group.
And you can't afford to go or gourmet meals with a salad maybe you're gonna go out and needed -- fast food restaurant and -- -- and the feeding your baby inappropriately but here's the point oh I think that that's kind of silly but I think education isn't silly.
I think the idea of getting a lifestyle going for your infant.
That you can then.
Capitalize on later on.
-- I -- my children with me to the -- not gonna lose my gym membership for -- just I have my seven year old -- -- the I took -- that's what I think a parent should be saying.
Are my kids exercising one of my feeding them is their soda and ice box you know once you start something it's easier to keep from -- I think that that's my point with this study is that you're -- the doctors say genetics obviously play a role in so many different things.
But doesn't personal responsibility in the way in which you raise your children have a huge part of it I mean if you're feeding -- to -- -- for breakfast.
They're prominent and -- I agree with you I think also though I think I think this study actually agrees with that you know this study started.
When they looked at 4000 finished kids and they fit in Finland they predicted.
That it was genetics they said it's going to be genetics but the study ended up showing over sixteen years that it wasn't genetics.
It's not -- your pre -- it's exactly what you feed kids burritos or not.
But the problem is what you start feeding them to -- -- you can't stop it once you start not exercising you can't just say at the age of 25 and I have this in my office every day of the week.
Where I'm saying to some fifteen year old who hasn't exercised in 25 years.
Get on that treadmill and they looked at me with a glazed stare -- better to start when the children.
By the way of my favorite flavor of carried us cool ranch and I think that you're still going to be able to have your gym membership I hope so I hope they know what.
All right doctor -- great -- thank you.
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