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It depends on what you mean by "fat." It's normal for babies to be chubby. But studies show that babies who are obese (at the highest end of the measurement charts for weight or BMI) or who gain a lot of weight quickly (such as babies who were little at birth but then gain very quickly) are more likely to become obese later in life.
Those factors aren't the only ones influencing a child's likelihood of later obesity. In a British study following more than 8,000 children, researchers found several factors that raised a child's chance of being obese at age 7. These included: High BMI, quick weight gain, both parents being obese, and kids who, at age 3, watched more than 8 hours of television per week or got less than 10.5 hours of sleep per night.
More babies are overweight today than 20 years ago – up from 3 percent to 6 percent for babies younger than 6 months old and up from 6 percent to 10 percent for children younger than 6 years of age. Experts suggest that early eating habits are crucial in establishing and maintaining a healthy weight later in life.
Still, most babies are not too fat, and it's vitally important that babies continue to get plenty of healthy food so they can grow. Never put your baby on a diet unless it's under the supervision of a healthcare provider.