Childhood obesity predicted from kindergarten

Children who are overweight in kindergarten are four times as likely as normal-weight children to become obese by year eight.

Published in the New England Journal of Medicine, the longitudinal study sampled around 3.8 million children enrolled in kindergarten across the United States between 1998 and 1999.

The research used the growth charts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to calculate each child’s body-mass index (BMI), with obese children ranked in the 95th percentile.

Read more at Emory University