Formula predicts baby's chance of becoming obese

November 29, 2012 1:29:54 PM PST
A simple math formula might be able to help predict a baby's chance of becoming obese later in life.

Scientists published a study of the test in the journal PLoS ONE. It's a formula that's available as an online calculator.

The formula estimates the child's obesity risk based on birth weight and the body mass index of the parents. It also factors in the number of people in the household, the mother's professional status and whether she smoked during pregnancy.

Researchers are hoping the formula can be used to identify babies at high risk.


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