Overweight Moms Put Children at Risk

Web Producer: Amber Griswold

A new study has found that children of overweight mothers are 15-times more likely to be obese by the time they reach first grade then the children of lean mothers.

The study was done by researchers at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania, and showed that children can start putting on the pounds as early as three years old.

By age six, the study found a dramatic increase in body fat.

The study suggests that doctors need to be alert for early weight problems in children and recommend prevention and treatment programs.

Researchers say exercise and eating habits definitely play a role in the weight gain, however other studies show genes may make some children more vulnerable to obesity.

The study was published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

The Centers for Disease Control says fifteen percent of U.S. children are overweight.