Everyone loves a chubby, little cherubic tot, but too much baby fat could interfere with a child's movement milestones, according to a recent study in the Journal of Pediatrics.
Researchers studied 215 children and found those who were overweight were as much as twice as likely to show delays in movement skills -- such as sitting unassisted, walking and crawling -- than those of normal weight.
"There are a number of studies that show that weight status during the infancy and toddler years can set young children on an obesity trajectory that may be hard to change," said the lead author of the study, Meghan Slining, of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, in a news release. "Our study shows that there are actually immediate consequences as well."
She said it's "concerning" since children with delays may be "less likely to explore the environment beyond arm's reach."
So many times we just assume that babies will outgrow their baby fat once they're on the move, so it's interesting that it may be actually preventing them from moving.
Another recent study shows that women who exercise during pregnancy may deliver smaller babies who are less likely to be obese later in life. So it seems we can never start too early in our battle against the obesity beast, which is repeatedly shown to have more negative effects on all stages of our lives.
And yes, I did just write about how my almost-15-month-old daughter still isn't walking ... and yes, she does have a few rolls and some pretty chubby cheeks. But really, she only weighs in around the 50th percentile for weight, so I still think she's just scared.
But perhaps a few less treats wouldn't hurt ...
Do you have a chubby child?