Obesity Checklist

by Julie

Baby feet on a scale

The Advisory Board recently published a briefing with a checklist based on an article in PLoS One.This checklist includes 6 Factors that are 71%-85% accurate in predicting whether your newborn will have obesity.

See how we measured up against the checklist…

1. “The baby’s birth weight[…]newborns weighing 9lbs or more are at a higher risk for obesity”

Pass: Will was 7 lbs, 8 oz. My husband, Billy, was 10 lbs at birth and he doesn’t have an ounce of fat on him, so don’t fret if your child weighed more at birth. 

2. “His or her parents’ body-mass indexes” (Obese parents are more likely to have obese children. A healthy BMI is 18.50-24.99)

Pass: Julie’s BMI: 20.5

Pass: Billy’s BMI: 22.4

Click here to calculate your BMI.

3. “Mother’s weight gain during pregnancy” 25-35 pounds is what doctors recommend, unless you are having twins 

Fail: 40 lbs (things got away from me during that last month) 

4. “The professional category of the baby’s mother […] parents who work as skilled laborers” are more likely to have obese children. 

Pass: Stay-at-home-mom, tutor (former teacher)

5. “Whether the mother smoked during pregnancy” can increase the child’s chances for obesity 

Pass: I haven’t touched a cigarette in years. 

6. “The number of members in the baby’s household […] families with less than 5 family members” are more likely to be obese. 

Fail: 3 family members. I guess more mouths to feed, means less food?  

We passed 4/6 categories . Not the best score, but I’m not worried. It’s all about staying active and eating healthy!

Fill in the checklist and see how you and your baby measure up, but don’t take it too seriously. This is based on correlational data, and it doesn’t even include a category for how much you feed your child or what you feed your child.

(Picture from the huffingtonpost.com)