Babies with Good Appetite May Have Higher Risk of Developing Obesity says Brooklyn Pediatrician

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In response to an article published by Nature World News, Dr. Michael Gabriel of Gabriel Pediatrics, a Brooklyn pediatric care center, says hearty appetites at a young age could be a warning sign for obesity development later in life.

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Dr. Michael Gabriel of Gabriel Pediatrics, a Brooklyn pediatric care center, responds to an article published on February 18th by Nature World news, which discusses the correlation between babies that have good appetites and their risk of developing obesity as they grow.

According to the February 18th article published by Nature World News titled “Hearty Appetite during Childhood Linked with Obesity,” two new studies published in JAMA Pediatrics show that babies with a “hearty appetite” grow at a faster rate in their earlier stages of life which could contribute to extra weight gain in the future.

Professor Jane Wardle, lead author of the study, explains the importance of the study’s findings. “Obesity is a major issue in child health. Identifying factors that promote or protect against weight gain could help identify targets for obesity intervention and prevention in the future,” she says. “These findings are extremely powerful because we were comparing children of the same age and same sex growing up in the same family in order to reveal the role that appetite plays in infant growth.”

Researchers analyzed food responsiveness (the desire to eat after smelling and/or looking at food) and satiety responsiveness (a lower urge to eat due to ‘fullness’ signals from brain). They found that babies with a greater appetite, higher FR and lower SR, “grew faster and were heavier than their twin.”

Dr. Michael Gabriel of Gabriel Pediatrics, a Brooklyn pediatric care center, says parents should most definitely be aware of these findings. “Although it may make their lives easier to have a child who eats well as an infant, parents do need to be aware if their child is either over-responsive to food or somewhat unresponsive to the feeling of being full,” he explains. “These types of behaviors can put the child at risk of gaining a significant amount of weight later in life.”

Gabriel Pediatrics provides comprehensive pediatric care to children throughout the New York area with practices both in Brooklyn and Staten Island. Our board certified pediatricians and experienced staff help provide a very warm and nurturing environment for both you and your children. Our approach combines the latest treatment methods with the personal attention you should expect from your doctor. Simply put, we understand the importance of communication and trust and we are earning that trust one family at a time.


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