A report released in June by the Institute of Medicine is bringing the topic of overweight infants and toddlers into mainstream conversation, suggesting that “it takes a village” to start early and raise healthy children. From parents to child care workers to physicians and teachers, everyone with an influence over a child’s life can impact the youngster’s weight too.
Changing habits as adults is tough. But the report, and a recent post about it in the L.A. Times, suggests that intervening earlier in life can make a big difference and make the road to living at a healthy weight as an adult much easier.
Bottom line: Keeping an eye on kids to ensure they’re living at a healthy weight and engaging in healthy behaviors is key, not only for healthy growth, but for providing a good path for living as healthy adults.