A new study shows that overweight babies may develop motor skills slower than their thinner counterparts.
These motor skills include:
– lifting their head
– sitting up
– rolling over
A nutrition doctoral student at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Meghan Slining, said about the findings:
“This is concerning because children with motor skill delays may be less physically active and thus less likely to explore the environment beyond arm’s reach. There are a number of studies that show that weight status during the infancy and toddler years can set young children on an obesity trajectory that may be hard to change. Our study shows that there are actually immediate consequences as well.”