'Puppy Fat' Is A Myth Which Puts Children's Health at Risk

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Child Obesity

The idea that 'puppy fat' in children disappears as they progress to adolescence is a myth which may put the future health of children at risk, says a paper published on bmj.com today.

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Girls from some ethnic minorities and lower socioeconomic groups are more likely to be overweight or obese, putting them at even more danger of long-term health problems, say the authors.

Previous studies have shown that adolescence is a key time, since excess weight during teenage years pre-disposes adults to continued weight problems - with all the associated health risks.

But today

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