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How much does your 5-year-old weigh?

By February 12, 2009

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Because the answer might tell you more than you think about his long-term health. Researchers in the U.K. found that a child's weight at age 5 can predict his weight at age 9, which in turn is a pretty good indicator of later risk for diabetes and cardiovascular concerns. "Prevention strategies might better focus on preschool-aged children," the study notes, "because the die seems to be largely cast by 5 years of age, and a healthy weight early in childhood may be maintained at least into puberty." The study appears in the journal Pediatrics.

(If you're concerned about your your child's weight, learn more about simple, healthy changes you could make today, and about physical activities for preschoolers.)

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