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Why kids shouldn't be overweight in kindergarten Published: January 30, 2014

The early years of a child's life are a critical time for maintaining a healthy weight, according to USA TODAY.

The paper reports kids who are overweight in kindergarten are four times more likely to be obese by eighth grade compared with their normal-weight peers, new research shows.

"A lot of the risk of obesity may start early in life," says the lead author Solveig Cunningham, an assistant professor at Emory University's Rollins School of Public Health. Preschool kids need lots of free play time, many opportunities to be physically active and a healthy diet, she says. The latest research confirms other work on this subject.

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