When one is incredibly overweight according to charts of normal height and weight growth, one is said to be obese. The problem is essentially a nutritional one, and it effects millions of people in the United States alone. Young infants and children can be obese. They are a lot more likely to develop the problem if their parents are obese.
When an infant takes in more calories than his or her body actually needs, then he or she might become obese. It is a simple enough rule – the calories going in (that is, being consumed) must be equal or less to the calories going out (being expended). Otherwise you will put on weight – and so will your child in the same scenario. Convenience foods contain a lot of calories (more going in) and our sedentary lifestyle makes us exercise less (less going out).
Obesity can also be linked to hormonal disorders, but this is very rare. Obesity is typically caused from poor dieting and lifestyle choices. When an infant is overfed or given high calorie beverages, then they are launching bad habits that can remain with them for life. Other food related causes include using food as a stress reliever or reward, the use of food as a problem solving mechanism, and the lack of physical activity. Research has established that very young children who struggle with food related issues at an early age often carry these patterns with them in to adulthood. Some other causes of infant obesity include the usage of corticosterioid drugs, family histories of overweight and obesity, as well as abnormal eating patterns (i.e. binge eating.)