Blog: How parents can help their kids fight obesity

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A chubby baby is usually seen as a picture of health, not? The comments are always: “They will lose that puppy fat as soon as they get active and start walking.” 

This does hold some truth as my Tribe soon transformed from cuddly to lean once they started moving. However, with my fourth (and final) pregnancy I developed gestational diabetes. This led to Mili-Flyn (my last born) being born at 34 weeks and weighing in at a healthy 2,1kg's.

One of the side effects of gestational diabetes is a higher risk of obesity for the child. This makes me well aware that her puppy fat, while cute at 4 years old, needs to be monitored so that she does not form part of the obesity statistics in South Africa.

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