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Postnatal growth may identify infants genetically predisposed to obesity

October 20, 2014

 Genetic obesity susceptibility appears to be associated with postnatal gains in infant weight and growth, according to a review of medical literature published in JAMA Pediatrics.

“We found that genetic factors that predict adult obesity were associated with faster weight gain and growth during infancy,” Ken K. Ong, FRCPCH, of the University of Cambridge, England, told Endocrine Today. “The findings indicate that the biological mechanisms that predispose people to later obesity are already active from birth.”

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