Keeping Children's Weight on Track: A Pathway to Health and Well-Being
October 31, 2018
This report card from Children's HealthWatch examines children’s weight over time. We looked at almost 3,000 infants and toddlers from low-income families who started life in a healthy state – born at a healthy birth weight and at term.
Most children remained at a healthy weight at both visits (on average 1 year apart). Children with an unhealthy weight at their first visit were able to recover to a healthy weight at their second visit. Shifts from healthy to unhealthy weight – either downward or upward to underweight or overweight, respectively – could be a sign of social and/or health stressors influencing young children’s weight gain. This research underscores the need for nutrition assistance programs for low-income families. More importantly, it shows that children can bounce back to a healthy weight range.