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I'm not sure if I got all the facts on this but my mom said she was watching the news and they said babies that are heavy tend to have a mental illness when they get older.

I wasn't a heavy baby, I was born at 5 pounds. But my mom said when I was 9 months old she took me to the doctor and he said I have short legs and I'm a little heavy.

my fiance was born a heavy baby, and got slim as he got older. and he has a mental illness.

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i wouldn't put too much stock in this. i've also heard that large babies will be obese (i was well over 10 lbs and am now at a BMI of 19). i've also heard that small babies will be obese.

i think if a fat baby is rased in a good environment by healthy parents, it will be fine. i think the same of small babies.

from what i've learned, the genes for depression, etc. can be "turned on" so they can also never be turned on. depressed genetics can just lay dormant.

but other than that... fat kids are MI? doesn't this sound like more of our current obesity scare?

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If you do a quick google search, you see all kinds of sites referring to LOW birthweights and problems later in life. I didn't see anything the other way around nor have I heard anything along these lines previously.

Just a smart-ass question...does your mom smoke crack? ;)

Amd Jacamous, how old is this kid? If the munchkin is under 2, and is either super happy or pissed off and screaming, that is pretty normal for that age.

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This is probably the journal article that prompted the tv spot. This was a study in Australia, that found NO correlation with high birth weight and depression in men, and a slight correlation in women. Hardly a strong case. a.m.

Oh, I did a quick Pubmed search going back two years and found no other articles about high birthweight. There are tons on low birthweight and also on prematurity. They are pretty well established to be associated with increased chance for MI, along with a host of physical problems. No surprise there.

Am J Epidemiol. 2007 Mar 1;165(5):575-82. Epub 2006 Dec 5

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I agree with karuna, wifezilla, and AirMarshall... I have really never seen anything about overweight babies, but I have seen tons of things about underweight babies and them being more susceptible to MI and a host of other issues. I think that there is much more info out there to prove that than for the overweight theory. And, as penny started saying, I have heard things like that underweight babies will be overweight adults and visa versa... i don't really believe that one, though....

Example: I was a premature birth (well, as most twins are...) and an underweight incubator baby who just continued to lose weight while in the hospital. I was pretty much always sort of underweight until I ballooned when I was in second grade.... but that is a whole different story. My point is that I was underweight and am still as fucked up and crazy as the day is long....

Also, one of my very good friends was born at a little under 2lbs. She has grown up to be a gorgeous and normal person... no mental cooties

Sooooooo, there ya go....

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From the original post here, it wasn't clear if the issue was high birth weight, or babies that actually gained too much weight and became obese shortly after being born, regardless birthweight.

If the latter was the case, then I could see a correlation because it would indicate right off the bat there was something wrong neurologically with the messages the brain was interpreting and sending out.

They're too young to eat too much simply out of being upset. So I would think something was gonig on and I wouldn't be surprised if this panned out to be true.

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