Researchers warn against baby fat

June 23, 2011 4:52:31 PM PDT
Baby fat may be cute, but a new report warns against allowing babies, toddlers and preschoolers from getting too pudgy.

The report from the Institute of Medicine says one in five youngsters is now overweight or obese by the time they begin kindergarten.

Researchers are calling for better guidelines on what and how much toddlers should eat, and also urge at least 15 minutes of physical activity for every hour preschoolers spend in child care.

Researchers are also calling on daycares and preschools to play a role in teaching healthier habits.

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