Big babies: High birthweight may signal later health risks
Being born big may mean a higher lifetime risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease and more
By Nathan Seppa, 11:40 AM May 15, 2014
We all come into this world with sealed orders, said 19th century philosopher Søren Kierkegaard. Although the great Dane lived at a time when much of science was still gauzy and life events were often ascribed to fate, the notion seems to hold true today. A quick scan of newborn babies snoozing in a maternity ward offers little hint of what their futures hold.
But medical researchers are now unsealing these orders by seizing on a simple clue — a newborn’s weight. Having established that being...
Source URL: https://www.sciencenews.org/article/big-babies-high-birthweight-may-signal-later-health-risks?mode=magazine&context=187368