A new study claims that kids who are overweight tend to eat 15-25 calories more than healthy kids in each meal. Generally, healthy weight toddlers tend to eat around 120-130 calories in each meal.
This study claims that kids who are obese tend to eat a bigger portion size and their calorie intake is surely higher than the healthy weight kids.
Health experts say that even an extra 24 calories in each meal could increase the risk of obesity in children. This is true especially for kids who are below two years of age.
Researchers say that eating often could be better compared to eating larger portions at a time. Larger portions could increase the risk of childhood obesity too.
Even though the overall consumption of calories is same, when the portion sizes are large, the chances for obesity could increase. When the portion sizes are small but the number of times one eats is more, the chances of obesity could be less.
Generally, toddlers tend to eat 5 times a day. When a baby consumes even 10 extra calories per meal, it would be around 50 extra calories a day, 350 extra calories a week and around 1400 extra calories per week.
This is how obesity starts in infants. Though the small number of calories seems harmless, when they add up, they could cause obesity over time.